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Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

You may be able to apply for the post of Teaching Assistant in a school setting.

Overview of the course: 

Class work including demonstrations, discussions and practical work. Subject information is given via lectures, videos, visits, speakers, handouts and demonstrations. You will need to attend placement for a minimum of 1 day or 6 hours per week.

Entry requirements: 

It is recommended that applicants have achieved GCSE at 3 grade in English and mathematics and have gained a good reference from school or from a person other than a family member. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate the potential to act independently and safely, therefore all candidates must be interviewed, and receive a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure Barring Service).

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


To complete the qualification learners must gain 30 credits in total. 24 credits from the mandatory units and a further 3 credits from optional units in group A and 3 credits from optional units B. A range of topics are explored such as; curriculum, health and safety, safeguarding and Play and learning.

How is the course assessed?: 

All units are individually assessed and are graded pass or refer. All assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. Assessment methods include direct observation of practice, witness evidence, professional discussion and written assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion of the course may enable learners to gain employment in the school sector. However with the required Maths and English grades will enable learners to progress onto Cache level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification.

Length of the course: 

1 evening per week. One year


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (04 Dec 2020 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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