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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers a wide range of areas including children's and young people's development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs, and communication and professional relationships.

The course is a one-year programme, entailing three days at College and two days on placement within a school environment.

You will also work towards your Functional Skills/GCSE Maths and English.

Entry requirements

You need a profile of five GCSEs at grade D, along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self motivation and a positive attitude to study.

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.

Course Content

You will study at College three days a week and spend two days on work placement within a school environment.

At College you will cover units centred around themes such as:

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Health and safety
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Schools as organisations

During your placement, you will be required to carry out activities and tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.

To support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills, you will also develop your maths and English skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are set by NCFE CACHE and will include assignments, presentations, displays, group work, planning for children, and other written work for each unit.

Functional Skills and GCSEs will be assessed by portfolio and online assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You should have flat shoes, smart trousers and a placement top that you will need to buy from College for your placement. You also need:

  • A DBS check
  • A course text book
  • An A4 ring binder, paper and pens

There may also be educational trips during the year, which require payment.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

There is the opportunity to progress to the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning programme if you successfully:

  • Produce high quality work that develops and improves across the year
  • Show strong practical skills in your work placement
  • Complete your maths and English
  • Attend well both at College and on your placement


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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