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Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 2 and 3 (Work-based)

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Work-Based Learning
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    Level 2 = 16 months
    Level 3 = 16 months

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Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 2 and 3 (Work-based)


Please contact us for further information about applying for this course.

Course Description

The main purpose of the qualification is to confirm that you are occupationally competent in your job role within a primary and secondary school as a teaching assistant for a group of children and/or a one-to-one support of a child.

Being confident to support children of school age with their education, behavioural issues and any additional needs children.

Learner Testimony

Victoria. Level 2 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Victoria stated "I started as an apprentice teaching assistant in Ysgol Aberconwy in September 2021. It was my first role in a secondary school and found it daunting at first but soon settled into the 6th Form more as a guidance mentor more than a teaching assistant. Michele was able to help to clarify my role with the school. I found having the freedom to complete the units when best suited me was ideal as I would do a little bit of them every night once my kids went to bed. This meant that I spent the weekends and half terms with my kids. The support I received throughout the course was very valued for me personally. I felt comfortable emailing my assessor Michele with any question. Michele kept in contact with me on a regular basis and would often have our monthly zoom calls which Michele always ensured they were to a time or date that suited me working and if the time/date didn't suit she was always happy to re-arrange for a more convenient time. When I was struggling Michele helped me to get back on track and helped to push me to my full potential. She knew I wanted to complete the course before the summer holiday and she helped me by sending feedback from the assessments quickly. The feedback from units was always to the highest standard and when it came to observations Michele calmed me down as I was a nervous wreck! Thank you for all the help during the past year. Diolch yn Fawr"

For more information, contact:
07593 580 051 / 08450 460 460 or

Entry Criteria

  • Level 2 = Teaching Assistants who work with one to one children and or support small groups.
  • Level 3 = Have some responsibility either taking the class and small group of children to lessons where you are involved with the planning
  • Be contracted to a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Your employer must be able to meet the QCF criteria.
  • You must have adequate WEST (Wales Essential Skills Toolkit) results.
  • All places are subject to satisfactory interview


  • The majority of training is provided in the workplace/Online
  • An assessor will visit your workplace to complete a minimum of three observations
  • There will be no classroom delivery, but attendance of college-based 'Essential Skills Qualifications' (ESQ) may be required. (Dependent on your GCSE results)
  • You will be assigned an electronic portfolio and an assessor will support you once a monthly basis either by a visit to your workplace or through a video call.


  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence (Using the Onefile Eportfolio).
  • Completion of ESQs (Essential Skills Qualifications) in communication and application of number may be required.
  • Your assessor will arrange to visit your workplace to assess your competency supporting pupils with literacy, numeracy and ICT tasks. You will also need to show your competency in encouraging positive behaviour, adhering to Health and Safety policies and procedures, and showing effective support and communication skills with pupils and members of the team.
Theoretical work will be done through:

- Case Studies
- Questions and Answers
- Discussions
- Completion of units of work through a combination of mandatory and optional units dependent on your work role. These should be completed on a monthly basis.
- Witness Testimonies from teachers

The qualification will be marked by a workplace assessor and moderated by the internal quality assurer.


  • Level 2 = If your job role allows you can progress onto the STLS level 3.
  • Level 3 = If your job role allows you can go onto do the Higher level Teaching Assistant course. Or a degree in childhood studies. Many level 3 students have gone on to do a teaching degree

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 2

Programme Area:

  • Teacher Training


This course is available bilingually.

Teacher Training

Teacher/Lecturer in front of class