Intermediate Certificate In Supporting Teaching And Learning In Schools (Qcf) (Stls)

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This is a Level 2 Qualification for learners who wish to become a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant or a Special Needs Assistant in a school environment.


This Level 2 Certificate is now the new recognised qualification and is appropriate for staff who work in schools supporting teaching and learning. Candidates must be well motivated to learn independently but are fully supported throughout the Certificate by a qualified Assessor. It is suitable for learners working in roles that support pupils’ learning including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

This course can also be undertaken as an Apprenticeship.

You will need to be working or volunteering in a school environment as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you will need to be at least 16 years of age.


This qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in schools. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs and communication and professional relationships.

This qualification is made up of mandatory units which are based on knowledge and skills and includes optional units that will allow you to achieve above the level of qualification.

To gain the qualification you will need to achieve all 11 mandatory units.

This qualification includes four mandatory units from the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools. This enables credits and learning to be transferred from one qualification to another.


You will be expected to work at your own pace under the guidance of your assessor. It is important that you set yourself targets to make sure that you progress steadily through the Certificate.

Your assessor will support you by assessing your practice in the workplace. Your portfolio of evidence is fully assessed to ensure that you have covered all the units to a satisfactory standard to complete the qualification. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment could include inference of knowledge from direct observation of practice, witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy, professional discussion, reflection on own practice in real work situations, written assignments, learner’s own plans and written records and tasks for knowledge learning outcomes only.

The qualification will be a pass or refer and all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. Upon completion you will receive a certificate showing all the units achieved.


Enrolment takes place at the College where your levels of literacy and numeracy are checked in order that you can be fully supported to achieve the qualification. You will also meet other candidates and a range of Assessors from the Care Department.

A series of workshops to provide the underpinning knowledge for the specialist units will be delivered at the College fortnightly or three weekly, depending on group requirements. These workshops will be tailored to meet your needs by the use of activities with other candidates such as discussions and group work. Your Assessor will also provide guidance on putting your work together in a portfolio for assessmentA lot of your study will also include assessments in the workplace. These are gathered through observations by your assessor and witness statements (written by your mentor).


You will be enrolled for 12 months on the course. However, depending on your placement hours and submission of written work, the qualification can be achieved within a 6 month timescale.


Following completion of this course, you can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF). Completing this course may also lead to employment within the educational sector.


Funding may be available subject to certain criteria. Please contact us for details.

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