Teaching Assistant Level 2

Pursue your career as a Teaching Assistant, from home!

The employment prospects for Teaching Assistants have increased significantly in recent years, as the number that are employed has nearly trebled between 2000 and 2011.

  • Join a challenging but rewarding career with typical starting salaries ranging between £12,000 and £17,000.
  • Learn how to support teachers and pupils through all aspects of education.
  • Gain core skills in communication, safeguarding and support.
  • Develop your awareness of how schools work as organisations, so that you understand the role of Teaching Assistants in a wider context.

Prospective students or current Teaching Assistants may consider the Teaching Assistant Level 3 course for further career development.

Course Content

Unit 1: Supporting Teaching and Learning Activities In Schools

  • How teaching assistants can support the teacher in planning, teaching and evaluation of the learning activities.
  • The stages of planning.
  • Problems that may occur when supporting learning activities.
  • Strategies a teaching assistant may use to support pupils’ learning.
  • Providing feedback on learning activities to the teacher.

Unit 2: Communication and Relationships With Children, Young People and Adults

  • Communicating and developing positive working relationships with children and young people.
  • Communicating with adults.
  • Differences in communicating with adults and children.
  • Disagreements with adults and children.
  • Communication difficulties.

Unit 3: Provide Effective Support for Your Colleagues

  • The role and responsibilities of the teaching assistant.
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of others in the school team
  • The role of external professionals.
  • Maintaining good working relationships.
  • Professional practice within schools.

Unit 4: Safeguarding Children and Young People: The Maintenance of a Safe Working Environment

  • Legislation, policies, and procedures for safeguarding children.
  • Prepare and maintain a safe working environment for children.
  • The procedures and actions in response to an emergency in school.
  • Types of abuse that children may experience.
  • Behaviour management.

Unit 5: Supporting Children's and Young People's Development

  • Understanding physical, emotional, communication, social and behavioural development.
  • Observation methods used to record learning and development.
  • Transitions that children may experience.

Unit 6: Schools as Organisations

  • Structures of education.
  • Specialist schools.
  • Legislation and school policies.
  • The National Curriculum.
  • The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).
  • The primary framework.
  • Early years foundation stage.


This Teaching Assistant course will be assessed by a series of written assignments, which are marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

Students may start at any time and there is no time limit for this course, so you can work at your own pace. This course takes approximately 100 hours to complete.

Study Method

Students receive a course manual and study guide, plus tutor support by mail and email. We also supply you with a stationery pack and student record bag.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 2 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 2 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively, and where level 4 courses are slightly more challenging than an A-level).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Open Study College which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Pen
  • Mouse mat
  • Study guide
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation

Q: Do I have to sit an exam?

No. Your certification is issued based on your coursework alone.

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price! We even send a stationery pack and study bag out to you.

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"All correspondance is easy to read and to understand."
Anthony Dargan, Stockton-on-tees

The course is going very well. All correspondance is easy to read and to understand. The layout of each chapter is very following which enables me to grasp the context of section.

The question breakdown is a very useful tool for structuring my essays.


"Very interesting"
Anita Freeman, Colchester

I have been on the course now for 5 weeks and so far I have found it to be very interesting.

I am a single mother who volunteers at my daughter's school so the fact that I can do the work in the evenings and in flexi time is extremely helpful. Although I am worried about sending my assessments off I feel confident that my tutor Zoe will be able to give me constructive criticism back.

"The study materials are excellent"
Sarah Mckeown, Wallasey Village, Merseyside

The study materials are excellent and they arrived quickly, it contains a lot of information and anything i dont understand i just email my tutor who gives me excellent help

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