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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Course Code: CSTL2

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Certificate, City & Guilds
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Six months
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.30am - 3.00pm

About the course

Are you looking for a teacher training course or seeking a job as a teaching assistant or classroom assistant? This part-time City & Guilds qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning is an ideal route for you if you can commit to a voluntary placement in a suitable setting. You will need to source your own primary school placement for at least one full day or two half days per week, as well as attending City College Plymouth for one full day per week*. This exciting programme provides you with all of the basic knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and organisational structure of schools, policy procedures and how children learn and are assessed. Emphasis is placed upon safeguarding, your roles and responsibility (how you support children and their learning); and how you support the class teacher to deliver learning under their supervision. You will be allocated an assessor who will come and observe you ‘in practice’ and they will support and guide you in relation to completing a portfolio of evidence. *DBS is required.

What you'll learn

The following is a short summary of some of the topics which can be studied:

  • Safeguarding
  • National Curriculum
  • Observing Children
  • Childhood Development
  • Assessing children’s learning
  • Communication
  • Equality
  • Policy and procedure (Evacuation, first aid, reporting and recording etc).
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. This programme is reliant upon self-sourced volunteer placement for a minimum of one full day or one afternoon and one morning per week alongside College attendance for one full day or evening.


You will be assessed in the workplace for competence and by portfolio. The College will allocate you an assessor to support you through the certificate.

What's next?

The majority of learners progress onto the CSTL level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Many successful candidates gain employment as Teaching Assistants as a result of achieving this high profile qualification.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

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: CSTL2

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: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.