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TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools


Introduction to the Qualification

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) is regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification Purpose

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them work in the following roles; teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, bilingual support assistant or foundation stage assistant. The roles must be under the direction of the class teacher, whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent.
Learners are required to be actively working or volunteering in a school environment in order to demonstrate competence in knowledge and skills.
There may be a requirement, by their employer, for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service: or if they intend to work with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.
Learners must be at least 16 years of age at certification.


Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
  • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of pupils in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 qualifications in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Play work or Youth Work Practice


Learners must achieve a minimum of 30 credits to be awarded the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF). Learners must achieve:
24 credits from Group A,

  • a maximum of 3 credits from Group B
  • a minimum of 3 credits from Group C.

Guided Learning Hours

The credit value of a qualification is based on the time taken by the average learner to achieve the relevant learning objectives. One credit equates to 10 hours of learning. These hours are made up of contact time with a teacher/assessor, referred to as guided learning hours (GLH), and non-contact time for study and assessment activities.
This qualification is assessed through activities, which are developed by the centre, internally marked and sampled as part of quality assurance/internal verification procedures.
Recording documents for the assessments can be found on the TQUK Management Suite.
The assessment and quality assurance process will be subject to external quality assurance/verification by TQUK.
Assessment must meet the requirements of the Training and Development Agency for Schools QCF Assessment
Principles (Appendix 1).The qualification contains some units which must be assessed in line with Skills for Care and
Development’s QCF Assessment Principles.
The recommended assessment methods for this qualification are:-

  • Practical Demonstration
  • Group Discussion
  • Case study
  • Written assignment
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Direct observation of practice

Professional discussion and reflection on own work practice in real work situations
All learning outcomes must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.


Campus life


Getting involved in the college’s cultural and sporting activities gives you the opportunity to visit new places, experience something new, and relax in a more informal environment with other students studying at the college.


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