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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Course Code: CSTL3

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: NCFE
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Six months
When you'll study: Various days and times

About the course

Do you want a job as a teaching assistant or another classroom-based role? Are you already working or volunteering in a school? City College Plymouth offers the City & Guilds Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning – an ideal first qualification for anyone wishing to work in a school environment alongside the class teacher. This is a formal, recognised qualification for existing or aspiring school staff who will have a good working knowledge of the job from experience they gain on placement.

What you'll learn

The certificate is completed through a variety of mandatory units.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol on this course, you will need to have:

  • a level 2 qualification in a childcare related subject
  • a good level of numeracy and literacy
  • a work placement arranged for a minimum of one year
  • a clean CRB check

The certificate is gained through a mixture of workplace evidence and assignments which will build a portfolio that will be assessed by a College assessor.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may progress to a level 3 diploma or a Foundation Degree in a similar subject.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: CSTL3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £1350

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.