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Apprenticeship - Support Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate at County Training - Shropshire Council

Course description

This course is for those looking to train to become a teaching assistant. Working in education is rewarding, challenging and exciting. Teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning, with teaching assistants also playing a vital role.

Teaching assistants work closely with teachers, carrying out duties such as lesson preparation, working with small groups or individuals, helping with school outings or reading to the class. There may also be the opportunity to specialise in certain areas of the curriculum. The nature of the work means that teaching assistants must have excellent people skills with the ability to communicate with a range of different age groups. Creativity and enthusiasm, whilst remaining patient, mature and professional are often required, which demonstrates the diversity that comes with work in this area. Good organisational skills are essential in order to cope with the elements of multi-tasking often involved.

This is a work-based qualification, so you will be learning through on-the-job practical training, providing you with the relevant skills and experience in order to continually progress your career.

Course content

Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 in Support Teaching and Learning in Schools

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and ICT and Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Before you can start this course, you will need to have a relevant paid work placement of at least 30 hours per week. There may be existing placements available or County Training can provide you with support to find a placement. This may be through an interview, some support with writing applications or preparing a CV, or even through work-experience placements.


Before your course starts you will meet with your manager at work and your assessor to discuss which units of the qualification you will be working towards. These will be based on the kind of job role and day-to-day tasks you will be doing. Your assessor will then visit you on a regular basis to help collect evidence of the skills and knowledge you are gaining through one-to-one discussions, observations at work and witness testimonies from your manager – all of these activities will help you to build a portfolio demonstrating your ability for this area of work.

In addition, learners will need to attend 20 college sessions, one day a week.

Financial information

For 16-18 year olds undertaking an Apprenticeship, training will be fully funded. A contribution of £250/ £350 may be required for individuals aged 19 and over depending on existing qualifications held.

Future opportunities

After completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship, where you will be able to specialise in a certain area along with a role which is more challenging and demanding.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact County Training - Shropshire Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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