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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant)

Course Description

Want to become a teaching assistant in primary or secondary school setting? Then this course is ideal for you. You will develop practical knowledge and understanding of supporting children in Primary and Secondary schools. Topics include child development, safeguarding, health and safety, communication and team practice, as well as how to promote positive behaviour and equality, diversity and inclusion. A voluntary one day a week work placement is required.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

You will need a qualification in English and Maths at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE at A-C or Level 2 Functional Skills). You need good knowledge of IT as work includes internet research, preparing reports using Word and emailing attachments. You will need to find a one day a week work placement in a school setting. A passion for education and supporting school aged children with their education is essential. You will be required to complete a DBS check for your placement.

Course Content

There are nine mandatory units plus two optional. You are expected to complete a portfolio of written evidence to show your knowledge and understanding. You will also be observed in the workplace to demonstrate practical application of your learning. You must complete all written and practical tasks in order to pass. By the end of the course you should be able to apply for paid work as a teaching assistant in a school setting; you may also wish to progress to the level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate.

Teaching and Learning Methods

May include some online sessions. Teaching methods are varied and include lecture, discussion, group work, field trips, video, presentations and role play. All resources used within each lesson are available via Google Classroom In addition to the classes you will be expected to do at least ten hours of home study per week.


Your work will be marked by your tutor who will give you constructive feedback on how to improve. Your tutor will also arrange for you to be observed for one hour in your work placement. Completion of this course will give you Level 2 Certificate Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. The awarding body is NCFE CACHE

Next Steps and Progression

Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools Level 3, Childcare Level 2, Childcare level 3, Health and Social Care Level 2, GCSE English, GCSE Maths, paid or voluntary work in schools

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an assessment with a member of our support staff.  ALS may include one or more of the following: support in classes, out of class in small groups, workshops or 1:1 with a specialist tutor.  Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity.  Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572