Interested in becoming a teaching assistant? The Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools is the foundation course for learners seeking employment in a school environment. It teaches you all the basics you need to start your career in the challenging and rewarding role of teaching assistant.
In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Level 2 qualification. We look at how long the qualification takes, what it will allow you to do and how you can get started.
What does the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools allow you to do?
The Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools will qualify you to work as a teaching assistant in schools. However, some schools may require you to hold the Level 3 qualification. With a Level 2, you might be accepted into a teaching assistant role, but with limited responsibilities.
Some of the responsibilities you may have include:
- Providing feedback to teachers on students’ progress and areas of concern
- Assisting with lesson planning
How long does the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools take to complete?
There are approximately 80 study hours involved in this course. With CTC Training, you have up to 12 months to complete the course. Most will complete the course in 5-6 months, but it can be completed in a matter of weeks if you so choose.
Do you need any previous experience to complete the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools?
You do not need any previous experience to complete the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools. The only entry requirements are to:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Have adequate literacy skills
What is the difference between a level 2 and level 3 teaching assistant course?
The key difference between the level 2 and level 3 courses is the depth of knowledge. The level 2 course offers a basic insight into the role, whereas the level 3 course equips you with a wider scope of knowledge and skills that will better aid you in the position. You do not need to earn the level 2 before moving onto the level 3 course.
How can I progress after earning the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools?
After completing the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools, you may wish to progress onto the Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. This qualification develops your skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to work in diverse supporting roles.
There are four units on this course:
UNIT NO. 1 — Communication and Professional Relationships with Children and Young People
UNIT NO. 2 — Schools as Organisations
UNIT NO. 3 — Understand Child and Young Person Development
UNIT NO. 4 — Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
If you have already secured a teaching assistant job and have gained some in-role experience, you may wish to progress onto the Level 4 Certificate in Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This qualification develops your teaching assistant skills and allows you to progress into the higher level teaching assistant role. You can read more about the higher level teaching assistant role here.
With CTC Training, you can earn the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools from the comfort of your home and on a schedule that suits you. Simply enrol on the course and you’ll gain access to the 24/7 student portal, where you can view course content and upload assessments at your leisure. You’ll also be assigned a tutor who will be available to contact throughout the duration of your course.