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TQUK Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Cert (RQF)

Teaching Assistant Level 2 Certificate. Equivalent to the old NVQ level 2. this online Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 course is available to learners aged 16+ who are interested in working within a school as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, or learning support assistant in reception and above. Perfect if you have no previous experience or qualifications. 

This is a competency-based qualification that requires students to be employed or have a voluntary placement within a school setting. We recommend a minimum of 6/7 hours per week which could be done in one day or split over two mornings or afternoons. The more you access the setting the better!

Alongside placement, learners are able to complete their assignments online using our learning platform The Laser. Here, you can access your course lessons, assignments and tutor support all in one convenient place. Log in and out to suit within the 12 month allocated time period. You have complete flexibility!

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand the roles and responsibilities, of those involved in supporting teaching and learning within schools and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively in a self-directed way. It prepares students to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence, and skills for learning. It seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

Upon completion, this teaching assistant course will fully qualify you as a Level 2 Teaching Assistant. If you already have experience of working in the TA role then you may wish to consider the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course instead.

Still confused? Read our guide on how to become a teaching assistant

Qualification: RQF - TQUK Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate
Support: 1-year course access and support included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Ofsted Accepted  
Recognised: By Schools

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 11 units of study in total as listed below.
11 tutor marked assignments to complete

Child and young person development

Know the main stages of child & young person development
Understand the kinds of influences that affect young people’s development
Understand the potential effects of transitions on children & young peoples development

Support Learning activities

Be able to support the teacher in planning learning activities
Be able to prepare for learning activities
Be able to support learning activities
Be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress
Be able to support the evaluation of learning activities
be able to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and IT

Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

Know about the legislation, guideline, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children & young people including e-safety
Know what to do when children or young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures
Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed and bullied. 

Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Know how to interact with and respond to children & young people
Know how to interact with and respond to adults
Know how to communicate with children, young people and adults
Know about current legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection

Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children & young people
Understand the impact off prejudice and discrimination of children & young people
Understand inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children & young people

Help improve own and team practice in schools

Be able to reflect on own practice
Be able to improve own practice
Understand the work of the team
Be able to support the work of the team

 Maintain and support relationships with children and young people

Be able to communicate with children  young people
Be able to develop and maintain relationships with children & young people
Be able to support relationships between children & young people and others in the setting

Support children and young people health and safety

Know the legislative and policy framework for health and safety
Be able to recognise and manage risks to children & young peoples health, safety and security
Be able to support children & young people to assess and manage risk
Be able to respond to emergency situations

Support children and young peoples positive behaviour

Know the policies and procedures of the setting for promoting children & young peoples positive behaviour
Be able to support positive behaviour
Be able to respond to inappropriate behaviour

Schools as organisations

Know the different types of schools in the education sector
Know how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
Understand how schools uphold their aims and values
Know about the laws and codes of practice the affect work in schools
Know about the range and purpose of school policies and procedures
Know about the wider context in which schools operate

Prepare and maintain learning environments

Be able to prepare learning environments
Be able to prepare learning materials
Be able to monitor and maintain learning environments and resources


Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are required.

A placement either employed or voluntary is required for a minimum of 1 day per week for the duration of the whole Course. The placement must be in a classroom setting (Reception or above). International Students must be based in a school that follows the UK Curriculum

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Course Duration

Online course access and tutor support are provided for 12 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 180 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 300 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 10 months.

Qualification Awarded.

TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF)

Qualification ref:  601/2726/0
Credit value: 30
Awarding body: TQUK – Training Qualifications the UK

Training Qualifications UK

This course provides successful students with a fully recognised qualification from TQUK, listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (OFQUAL) in England, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

Please note: This qualification is not recognised in Wales or Scotland.

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.

Study Method - The Laser

Learners are able to access their course lessons via our LASER online learning platform.  Access your lessons, complete your assignments and contact your tutor all in one convenient place. 

As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7. You are able to access our online platform on the following link Laser Online Learning Platform

Laser Online Platform


Each course on the laser follows our unique Laser Lessons formula, and consists of:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further

A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

See an example of one of our good practice video’s available below on the Laser. 




Course Induction - Zoom

As part of the enrolment process for this course, all leaners are required to attend a course induction with one of our friendly assessors. These are normally carried out within 7 days of receiving course access. Inductions are carried out using Zoom and are compulsory for all students registered on this course. You are able to download Zoom totally free of charge here Zoom Induction

This is a great way of meeting one of our assessors who will introduce you to the functions of our learning platform The Laser and answer any questions you may have before progressing. Inductions are provided on a regular basis at times to suit all. 

course Induction



Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

The practical tasks within each unit of your course will require witnessing by a qualified teacher in your placement setting.  This should be the teacher you work with in the classroom. Alternatively, you can use a qualified assessor if you are fortunate to have one located within your setting. 

Your expert witness must be suitably qualified to do so as below:

Have a working knowledge of the units for which they are providing expert testimony.

Be occupationally competent in their area for which they are providing expert

Be a qualified teacher with QTS status or have EITHER any qualification in assessment of workplace performance eg:

Hold an A1 or D32 qualification OR a work role which involves evaluating the everyday practice of staff within their area of expertise.

Evidence/proof of the (EW) qualifications will be required.

The use of an Expert Witness (EW) should be determined and agreed by the assessor and final assessment decisions must be made by the qualified assessor based at UK Open College.

Optional Extras

This course comes with an optional extra

1-1 tutor sessions:

For a £30.00 fee, all learners on this course have the option to arrange a 1-1 zoom meeting with their tutor. Here you will have your tutors undivided attention to ask anything you want for a maximum of 30 minutes per session. All we ask is that you let your tutor know in advance what you would like to discuss so they can prepare. This allows you to get the maximum from your session. 

All sessions can be booked with your tutor at a mutual time to suit. 


Why UK Open College?

✅ Enrol online today – No set term times
✅ Accredited College – We are fully approved
✅ Spread the cost – interest-free finance (Guaranteed acceptance*)
✅ NUS/Totum Student Card Approved*
✅ Trading since 2006 – We will not let you down
✅ Flexible learning – Study at a time that suits you
✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £12 fee per year applies.

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Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

*Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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