About the course

This course is for those are brand new to support work in education or already have some experience, perhaps working as a parent helper, and are now looking to deepen their knowledge and move towards a nationally recognised qualification. You will look at the role of the support worker and the role they play in the wider school framework and the curriculum.

During the course you need to complete 80 hours in an education setting. You will need to find your own placement for minimum half a 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. Private nurseries, before school, after school clubs and midday supervisor roles are not suitable.

What you will study

  • Child and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Supporting learning activities


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 an 80-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.
  • Advanced DBS Clearance.
  • A placement in a classroom based setting where you can complete 80 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

  • Employment in the education sector as a support worker
  • Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools

European Social Fund Logo    London South East Colleges University Centre  university of greenwich  canterbury Christchurch University  bnu    Kingston University