Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools

All full time courses for home students 16-18 inclusive are free. For 19+ full time courses fees will apply, please call us on 0161 785 4000 for further information.

The units cover Child and Young Person development, Safeguarding their welfare, the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and supporting positive behaviour.

They also cover communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults, schools as organisations including types of schools, policies and procedures and the wider environment in which they operate.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

Plan, deliver, and review assessment strategies to promote and support learning alongside the teacher
Personal development and reflective practice. Plus a wide range of specialist optional units.
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE.

You can progress to employment where you can continue to study on short CPD courses that we offer:

  • Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of Pupils in Schools.

16 to 18 year olds will need to complete a level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course or a Level 2 EYE before progressing to Level 3. A DBS Certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service) will be required and 19+ applicants will be considered for direct entry dependant on their personal experience.

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

This qualification will provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. It includes learning about children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare and communication and professional relationships. It is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

The award is suitable for learners not yet working in a Level 3 school role.

Providing you are a mature learner with some experience in an early years setting either paid or voluntary.  You will also need a level 2 in English and Maths although GCSE grade C and above are preferable for the Early Years Workforce.

Learners will need to be working or be on a practical placement in a school as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

  • Level 3 Early Years Educator
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care Studies
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning.


You can specialise in different areas with on the job training e.g. Special Educational Needs or Behavioural difficulties.

A Teaching Assistant (TA) earns an average salary of £11,662 - £18,146 per year.

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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development