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Childhood Studies

Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.

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Course Overview

The QCF Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) is a combined knowledge and practice qualification for those support staff roles that directly support teaching and learning for example teaching assistants or learning support assistants.

The QCF Level 2 Certificate offers an engaging programme for those who want to work in a support role in schools (primary, secondary or special schools).

For adult learners the Level 2 Certificate can extend their knowledge and understanding of work in a particular sector. It is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

Learning Styles
The course will help you learn by encouraging you to develop knowledge and understanding through a variety of methods, in particular group discussion. You will also have an individual assessor to support you in compiling your portfolio.

The Certificate is a 30-credit qualification that consists of nine mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits (24 credits mandatory and 6 credits optional units).

Mandatory Units include:
- Child and young person development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
- Support children and young people's positive behaviour
- Support learning activities

You will have a range of optional units to select from which include: Prepare and Maintain Learning Environments; Provide Displays in Schools; Provide Support for Therapy Sessions or Support Assessment for Learning.

Assessment is based on what you can do. You will be asked to show that you are competent in real situations. You will need to perform consistently over time and in a variety of situations. You will be assessed in your workplace or placement and via your portfolio of evidence compiled during the course.

A qualified vocational assessor will assess you in your working environment to help provide ongoing support to compile your portfolio of evidence

Entry Requirements

You will need an interest and on-going experience of working with children. Acceptance on the course is subject to a successful interview, when you will undertake a brief initial assessment to ensure the level of programme is appropriate for you. Edexcel Level 2 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) is also available if this is more suitable for you.

You will also need to be working or on placement each week at a suitable setting. The time requirement for this is individual to each student with a recommendation of a minimum of 1.5 days.

You will also need a current DBS check.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor, Diane Fryer, prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

You will be qualified to gain employment in a school or may progress onto a level 3 programme.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700