Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 2 (Part-Time)

L1/L2 Adult Part Time Course

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Part-Time


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.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email for more information.
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This qualification is suitable for anyone aged 16 years or over who is interested in working in a learning environment with children. 

Qualification Gained

Cache Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

"With this course I intend to fulfil my capacity to be a teaching assistant and then to progress and become a teacher."

Kevin Deutsch
Workplace Skills City & Guilds Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Learning Support Assistant - £18,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Learning Support Teacher - £25,000-£34,000

Senior Level Role

Principal Support Teacher - £40,000-£60,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Candidates will need to complete the following mandatory units;

  • Child and Young Person Development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people's health and safety
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Support learning activities

Candidates will also need to complete a minimum of 150 hours of work placement within a school or alternative education setting with children aged 5-16 years.

Learning Methods

  • Classroom Based Activities
  • Practical Activities
  • Work Placement

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Written Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Direct Observations
  • Professional Discussions
  • Reflective Accounts

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course allows you to progress to higher level qualifications such as the Cache L3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. 

Career Opportunities

Successful completion will enable you to seek employment as a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Special Educational Needs Assistant with school aged children. 

Entry Requirements

Learner need to hold L1 qualifications in English and Maths.

DBS Clearance.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

Learners will need to arrange their own placement prior to attending college for induction.  Requirements will be discussed prior to enrolment.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

£15 for placement t-shirt and off campus activities.

Additional Course Costs