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Supporting Teaching and Learning Intermediate Certificate at Derby College

Course description

This qualification will enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people's development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs, and communication and professional relationships.

The course is a one-year programme, with three days at College and two days on placement within a school environment.

You will also work towards your Functional Skills/GCSE Maths and English.

Course content

You will study at College three days a week and spend two days on placement within a school environment. At College you will cover units centred around themes such as:

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Health and safety
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Schools as organisations

During your placement, you will be required to carry out tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.

To support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills, you will also develop your maths and English skills.

Entry requirements

You need a profile of five GCSEs at grade D, along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self motivation and a positive attitude to study.

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.


Assessments are set by CACHE and will include assignments, presentations, planning for children, and written work for each unit.

Functional Skills and GCSEs will be assessed by portfolio and online assessment.

Financial information

You should have flat shoes, smart trousers and a placement top that you will need to buy from College for your placement. You also need:

  • A DBS check
  • A course text book
  • An A4 ring binder, paper and pens

Future opportunities

Further study

There is the opportunity to progress to the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning programme if you successfully achieve:

  • Good grades in this qualification
  • Progression in maths and English
  • Good attendance both at College and on your placement

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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