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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant) BTEC Certificate (17+ only) Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

If you are interested in a career supporting children in a school environment this Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools offers an engaging programme that puts you on exactly the right track. The course has been designed to support your learning and help you discover and evaluate your natural abilities and skills in the classroom.

Course content

This programme includes marked knowledge units as well as competency based units to reflect your role in supporting pupils learning. Studying this qualification can lead to classroom roles that directly support teaching and learning, such as teaching assistants and learning support assistants.

The programme is made up of ten mandatory units plus one additional optional unit, combining both knowledge and competency. It relates directly to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in supporting teaching and learning in schools.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's at D or above, including English & Maths 

Must be aged 17 or over at the start of September. A minimum of five GCSEs at grade D or above, or equivalent, to include Maths and English, or progression from a suitable Level 1 or 2 course. If you are over 19, relevant practical experience will be taken into consideration.

You need to have a positive attitude towards supporting children in a school setting. There is a compulsory school practice component to the programme, so you will need to show you can work as part of a school team. You will need a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check completed before the course starts.


A Petroc assessor will visit intermittently in order to plan, observe and assess progress in placement, and to check competence within the practice based units. The course tutor will assess assignment work within the knowledge elements of the programme.

Future opportunities

After completing, students are able to take up paid employment within the sector or progress on to our Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning course.

Further information

Theory sessions take place in a variety of classrooms, most of which are equipped with the latest white board technology. Practical sessions will be out in placement, where learners will work within the job role of a Teaching Assistant, supervised by other Teaching Assistants and staff within the school setting.

Q. How long will I be in college each week?
A. You will be expected to attend college for two full days per week, and will be in placement for 12 hours each week in addition.

Q. What will I be qualified to do once I have completed the course?
A. You will be qualified to work as a Teaching Assistant once you have completed the Level 2 and have your Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications.

Q. I have some literacy and numeracy issues. Can I still do the course?
A. This is dependant on your own abilities and support requirements. Every potential learner is entitled to an assessment of support needs, which will help identify areas for development and ways we can help. You will need to talk these needs through with the Programme Manager and the Learning Needs Coordinator to establish whether this is the right course for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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