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Teaching assistants

Support teaching, learning approaches and classroom practice with confidence via an informative teaching assistant course.

Our teaching and training programmes can help equip you with knowledge, confidence and experience to put your ideas into practice in the classroom.

These programmes provide an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. 

You will learn about all aspects of assisting in the classroom alongside specialist learner support training. This will allow you to successfully develop your expertise and practice in schools, as you support learning alongside the teacher.  

You will learn about child and young person development, safeguarding, health and safety, how to communicate with learners and professionals and how to maintain and support relationships with learners, as well as equality, diversity and inclusion of learners.


  • Teaching assistants - Gain an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills to become a teaching assistant or work in a role that supports pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.


We offer qualifications from Level 2 certificates to university-level (PGCE, equivalent to university-level studies, at Levels 6-7, depending on the modules taken).


This is a blended classroom-based course. The practical qualification of the course requires you to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/teacher/senior teaching assistant 2 days a week. Locations of sessions will be decided based on the preferred location of candidates with possible sites include Reading, Oxford, Banbury, Bicester and Blackbird Leys. It is likely it will be a mixture of sites, so please allow time for travel.

You are assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or via a task set by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education). 

Career pathways

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps us equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.

Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Industry partnerships

We have partnerships with a number of local schools.