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Supporting Teaching & Learning (TA)

If you are interested in a career supporting children in a school environment, this Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning offers an engaging programme that puts you on exactly the right track.

The programme has been designed to support your learning and help you discover and evaluate your natural abilities and skills in the classroom. It includes marked ‘knowledge’ units as well as ‘competency’ based units to reflect your role in supporting pupils’ learning. Studying this programme can lead to classroom roles that directly support teaching and learning, such as teaching assistant and learning support assistant.

The study programme is made up of ten mandatory units plus one additional optional unit, combining both knowledge and competency. It relates directly to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in supporting teaching and learning in schools.

Modules include:
– Understanding schools and colleges as organisations
– Understanding children and young peoples development
– Safeguarding children and young people
– Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
– Maintain relationships with children and young people
– Support the Health and safety of children and young people
– Support positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
– Contribute to teamwork in a learning environment
– Understand children and young people’s play and leisure
– Promote an effective learning environment
– Provide displays in a learning environment

As part of the course, it is a requirement that you attend the equivalent of two day’s per week within an educational setting. Placements are organised to be flexible with learners commitments and the college timetable.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB109 (2022)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 1 Year
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Course details


A Petroc assessor will visit intermittently in order to plan, observe and assess progress in placement, and to check competence within the practice based units. The course tutor will assess assignment work within the knowledge elements of the programme.

Entry Requirements

All entrants must hold four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent (or above), preferably including GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English you will continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next level course

You must be aged between 17 and 19 at the start of September.

You need to have a positive attitude towards supporting children in a school setting. There is a compulsory school practice component to the programme, so you will need to show you can work as part of a school team.

You will need a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check completed before the programme starts.

*If you are over 19 please apply through the adult course option.


After completing this qualification, students are able to take up paid employment within the sector or progress on to a Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning course.

Facilities and resources

There is a bespoke Fitness Centre within the campus grounds which is available to all students and staff. There is a well-stocked Learning Resources Centre which provides access to computers, textbooks and journals. One of the advantages of the Mid-Devon Campus being smaller than other campuses is that it facilitates a more individual learning experience. There is excellent student support.


Q: How long will I be in college each week?

A: It is likely that you will be expected to attend college for one full day per week, and will be in placement for 12 hours each week in addition. These hours can be less e.g. half a day if adult.

Q: What will I be qualified to do once I have completed the course?

A: You will be qualified to work as a teaching assistant.

Q: I have some literacy and numeracy issues. Can I still do the course?

A: This is dependent on your own abilities and support requirements. Every potential learner is entitled to an assessment of support needs, which will help identify areas for development and ways we can help. You will need to talk these needs through with the programme manager and the learning needs co-ordinator to establish whether this is the right course for you. We also offer the opportunity to study your GCSE Maths and English alongside your Level 2 course.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

As this course requires you to undertake work placements with children and/or vulnerable adults, a DBS check is required.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB109 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


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