Teaching Assistant – Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate
What is this course about?
If you’d like to become a trained teaching assistant, supporting the work of a classroom teacher, then this new course will help you to take the first steps on this popular career ladder. This study programme will develop the skills and knowledge you need, to provide effective support for teachers and pupils as part of learning programmes. It also covers the development of children and young people and working effectively with colleagues. There are opportunities to progress further and eventually gain a Foundation degree in Education for those learners interested in teaching. For this course you will have a work placement in a primary school.
How is it taught
Taught sessions will be a combination of theory, practical and discussions to meet the needs of all learners. You will spend 2 days each week in a school environment working with a teacher to gain your practical skills linking this to the theory taught in college.
How will I be assessed?
The taught elements of the course will take place in college, using a wide range of teaching strategies and technology. You will be expected to complete some hours of directed study working at your own pace guided by the staff. Practical training takes place in a school setting where your skills will be assessed.
What else do I need to know?
In this programme, you will learn about children at different stages in their growth and development, as well as how to care for and educate children and how to work with parents, carers and other professionals. The units studied will include: Child and Young persons development, supporting learning activities, safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. English and Maths will also form an important part of your course, as these are skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life.You will need a clear DBS check prior to the start of the course and you will be expected to purchase and wear a uniform. You will have to pay for course items such as stationary, books and equipment, whilst some courses have placements or visits, which also may have costs attached. If you need information on any financial support that may be available to help you with fees or study costs for this course contact the Student Assistance Team on 01782 603604. Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up to date facilities in the country. The Learning Resources Centres are designed to help students by offering information technology facilities, workshops and libraries.
What could I do next?
On successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in school or the Diploma for Early Years Education and Care. There are clear progression pathways for learners in this field through to Foundation Degree.
Have You Considered?
- Childcare – Caring for Children Level 1 Certificate (CACHE)
- Childcare – Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Diploma (CACHE)
- Childcare – Early Years Education and Care Level 2 Certificate (CACHE)
- Childcare, Health and Social Care – Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings Level 1 Certificate
Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.
- Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
- Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children.
- Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
- Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
- Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons.
- Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.
167 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||18.05%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||21.81%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||4.74%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||0.05%|
Educational support assistants
Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.
- Provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.
- Attends to child.
- Helps and encourages child to communicate.
- Implements care programmes, as appropriate.
- Identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance.
- Helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence.
- Supports schoolwork under teacher.
53 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||22.3%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||21.41%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||4.12%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||0.41%|