About the course

This course is ideal for you if you have already been working or volunteering in support roles in education settings and are looking for a way to deepen your knowledge and progress your learning. You will explore the role of the support worker in more depth and begin to look critically at this role starting to draw on theory to deepen your understanding.

You will need to find your own placement for around 1 day per week and this can be in the primary, secondary or FE sectors. We also have learners that are in SEN settings or specialist units. We do not mind what year you are in as long as it is classroom based with a qualified teacher. Placements must cover a variety of curriculum subjects, not just English and maths. Private nurseries, before school, after school clubs and midday supervisor roles are not suitable.

What you will study

  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults


You will undertake a variety of tasks during classroom time including group and individual work and practical projects. You will be studying alongside colleagues from a range of settings and will learn a lot through comparing your different experiences. You will assemble a portfolio of assessed evidence as your progress through the course. You will be asked to have some evidence witnessed by the setting e.g. activity plans to confirm that they have taken place.

You will need to complete a 100-hour placement between September and June whilst on the course and will be observed by a member of the teacher training team at the setting.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English at Grades A* - D/9 - 5 or recognised level 1 equivalent.
  • Students with overseas qualifications will need to provide a NARIC certified equivalency of their certificates.
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 NCFE Certificate or evidenced 80 hours previous classroom experience that has involved a range of tasks.
  • Advanced DBS Clearance.
  • A placement in a classroom based setting where you can complete 100 hours of support across the length of the course. This will need to be confirmed with a letter from the setting.
  • Selection is by interview and internal tests

Moving forward

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree
  • Early Years Education Foundation Degree
  • Childhood Studies with SEN Foundation Degree

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