Childcare and Teacher Training

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year and will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be at least 16 years of age. Some settings require three GCSEs at grades A*-D including GCSE English at grade 3 or above
  • It is desirable that you have GCSE English and maths at grade C or above but this is not essential as Functional Skills is delivered as part of the Apprenticeship programme
  • You need to be employed within the childcare setting or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies
  • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Course overview

The apprenticeship is suitable for you if you are in a role in learning support and have responsibilities that are closely supervised and work under the direction of the class teacher.

The course provides you with the skills and knowledge for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behavior support assistant/co-ordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant or team leader.

Course content

You will study all of the mandatory units and some of the optional units listed below until you reach a minimum of 30 credits. You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory units:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting children and young people’s health and safety
  • Supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Supporting learning activities

Optional units:

  • Prepare and maintain learning environments
  • Provide displays in schools
  • Supporting children and young people at meal or snack times
  • Supporting children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs
  • Supporting children and young people’s play and leisure
  • Supporting children and young people’s travel outside of the setting
  • Supporting extra-curricular activities
  • Supporting the use of information and communication technology for teaching and learning
  • Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care
  • Provide support for therapy sessions

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

The course uses an E-portfolio (on line portfolio). Therefore, access to a computer/laptop and the internet will be required. If this is not possible, a paper based portfolio could be accessed.

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW.

Upon completion you could progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools or apply for job roles including:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Learning support assistant / Special educational needs assistant

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Apprenticeship

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