Build on your skills learnt at Level 2 and develop your capacity to deal with a variety of familiar and unfamiliar situations in the classroom, using a range of professional skills.

You'll be able to show that you can carry out self-directed activities under guidance and may have limited responsibility for directing the work of others. You'll be able to apply knowledge and skills in a range of complex areas.


You'll need to pay for the DBS check to do your placement.


The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You'll also be visited by an assessor to observe you supporting learning in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

You need a Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or another closely related Level 2 qualification. Before you enrol you need to arrange to do at least ten hours a week of paid/voluntary teaching support for the duration of your course. Your placement can be in a primary, secondary, or special care school of your choice. Nursery schools are not suitable. You'll need a DBS check to start your placement. You should arrange this with your placement school. You can apply and be interviewed before your placement is arranged but you must bring proof of your placement confirmation to enrolment.

Next Steps

If you don't want to go directly into working in a classroom, you could move on to a foundation degree in teaching.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

Fee reductions for adult short courses