NCFE Level 2 Teaching
Assistant Certificate

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If you’re fortunate enough to volunteer or work in a school, our Level 2 Certificate course offers a delightful blend of practical activities and regular written assignments. For this course, you’ll need a school placement, dedicating 3-6 hours per week, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with children aged between 5-16 years. What a fantastic chance to make a difference!

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Course Overview

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Absolutely Fully Recognised, Guaranteed!

Since this course is regulated by the government examinations department, we can confidently assure you that your qualification will be fully recognised everywhere. Isn’t that reassuring? Our course is perfectly crafted to enrich your understanding, knowledge, and skills when engaging with children and young people in school or college environments. This course delves into a variety of topics, such as child development, promoting positive behaviour, effective communication, and fostering professional relationships. It’s ideal for those who are already contributing their time, either working or volunteering, in a school or college setting.

Wondering if it’s right for you?

This qualification is specifically tailored for individuals who are in placement or support roles within schools and colleges in the UK. It’s important that you’re working under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Please note, roles like midday and lunchtime supervisors don’t quite fit the entry criteria for this course.

And here’s some great news – the NCFE certificate is included, with no hidden costs

What sets our course apart from others is that the price includes the official government certificate upon completion. There’s absolutely nothing more for you to pay once you’ve enrolled. Successfully finish this course and you’re all set to embark on a career as a government-qualified teaching assistant. Rest assured, schools across the board fully recognise this course, and the NCFE certificate is part of your enrolment fee. Isn’t that brilliant?



The latest 2024 RQF syllabus included

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There’s no waiting to get started, and you’ll instantly be on your way to becoming a government-qualified Teaching Assistant as soon as you enrol.

We take enrolments all year round, and one of the biggest benefits of home study is you can make your study fit around you and your schedule. You get full 1-1 access to your own personal tutor, who will guide you through the course, help prepare you for your assignments, and provide full feedback on your course progress. If you wish, you can also include the printed course materials, which is ideal if you prefer paper-based study to online learning. Our passion will enable you to interact with your tutor as you complete each unit. Full tutor support is offered throughout the course to ensure you pass as easily as possible.


Lessons covered in this course:

Understand Children and Young People’s Development
RQF Unit Reference K/616/5425
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

This unit explores:

  • The expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth – 19 years
  • The factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • How to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • The importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people
  • The potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development
Safeguarding Children and Young People
RQF Unit Reference F/616/5429
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

This unit explores:

  • The main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • The importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • The importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
  • How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied
  • Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and well-being
  • Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people
Understand Schools and Colleges as Organisations
RQF Unit Reference H/616/5424
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 20 hours
Credit Value 3

This unit explores:

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers key aspects of schools as organisations. This includes the structure of the education system, the roles and responsibilities of key members of the school team and the purpose of school ethos, mission statement and aims and values. Learners will also understand the reasons for the key legislation, policies and procedures which are followed in schools and how schools operate within a wider context.

Support the Health and Safety of Children and Young People
RQF Unit Reference M/616/5457
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 20 hours
Credit Value 3

Health and safety should always be taken into account when planning safe indoor and outdoor environments and activities. For example, individual educational and health needs should be known and taken into account for each pupil to ensure they are supported effectively. The environment the students will be entering should be safe, this may mean that any hazards are moved or disposed of before students enter the environment.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in a Learning Environment for Children and Young People
RQF Unit Reference T/616/5468
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 20 hours
Credit Value 2

Participation involves:

asking children and young people what works, what doesn’t work and what could work better; and involving them in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, on an ongoing basis.

Equality of access:

ensuring that discriminatory barriers to access are removed and allowing for children and young peoples’ individual needs

Anti-discriminatory practice:

taking positive action to counter discrimination. This will involve identifying and challenging discrimination and being positive in own practice about differences and similarities between people


a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging.

Maintain Relationships with Children and Young People
RQF Unit Reference M/616/5443
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People Outcome1: Be able to communicate with children and young people. Assessment Criteria The learner can: Communicate with children and young people in a way that is appropriate to the individual, using both conventional language and body language.



Support Positive Behaviour in a Learning Environment for Children and Young People
RQF Unit Reference M/616/5460
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 3
Credit Value 3

This unit introduces the learner to the ways in which behaviour management is approached in schools, and includes topics such as strategies for promoting positive behaviour, as well as how to manage challenging behaviour, and how to assess the risks around it. It offers ways in which learners can approach behaviour support in order to benefit pupils, and how to assess challenging behaviour and its impact.

Contribute to Teamwork in a Learning Environment
RQF Unit Reference A/616/5462
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 4

All of the assessment criteria must be assessed in the workplace.


  • verbally
  • non-verbally
  • informally
  • formally
Understand Children and Young People’s Play and Leisure
RQF Unit Reference J/616/5464
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

Assessment Guidance

This unit must be assessed in accordance with the TDA assessment principles.

Assessment for learning involves using assessment, as part of teaching and learning, in ways that will raise learners achievement.

Information required to support assessment for learning:

  • the learning objectives for the activities
  • the personalised learning goals for individual learners
  • the success criteria for the learning activities
  • the assessment opportunities and strategies relevant to own role in the learning activities
  • Personalised learning goals will reflect the learning objectives of activities and take account of the past achievements and current learning needs of individual learners.

Assessment opportunities and strategies are the occasions, approaches and techniques used for ongoing assessment during learning activities, such as:

  • using open-ended questions
  • observing learners
  • listening to how learners describe their work and their reasoning
  • checking learners understanding
  • engaging learners in reviewing progress
  • encouraging learners to keep in mind their learning goals and to assess their own progress to meeting these as they proceed
  • encouraging learners to review and comment on their work before handing it in or discussing it with the teacher
  • praising learners when they focus their comments on their personalised learning goals for the task
Promote an Effective Learning Environment
RQF Unit Reference R/616/5466
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

Assessment Guidance

This unit must be assessed in accordance with the TDA assessment principles.

Information required to support learning activities includes:

  • relevant school curriculum and age-related expectations of learners
  • the teaching and learning objectives
  • the learning resources required
  • own role in supporting the learning activities
  • any additional needs of the children or young people involved

Resources to support learning activities including:

  • materials
  • equipment (including ICT)
  • software
  • books and other written materials

Learning support strategies to support the needs of learners, for example:

  • creating a positive learning environment
  • managing behaviour
  • encouraging group cohesion and collaborative learning
  • prompting shy or reticent learners to ask questions and check understanding
  • translating or explaining words and phrases
  • reminding learners of teaching points made by the teacher
  • modelling correct use of language and vocabulary
  • ensuring learners understand the learning tasks
  • helping learners to use resources relevant to the learning activity
  • providing individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to learners’ needs
  • modifying or adapting activities

Social organisation and relationships, for example:

  • learner grouping
  • group development
  • group dynamics
  • the way adults interact and respond to learners

Problems relating to:

  • the learning activities
  • the learning resources
  • the learning environment
  • the learners
  • assessment
Provide Displays in a Learning Environment
RQF Unit Reference D/616/5468
Unit Level Level 2
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 3

Assessment Guidance

This unit must be assessed in accordance with the TDA assessment principles.

Displays can take the form of useful reference material, to support pupil learning: such as letters of the alphabet and “number lines”. Display material can include information that is important for students to memorise: such as number tables, formulae (see photo), spellings and other important factual information.

Entry Requirements – a school placement is required

To enrol on this NCFE Level 2 Certificate course, you must work or volunteer in a school with key stage 1 and above, as it includes observations in the classroom (nursery or reception classes are not eligible). You will need to compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learning against the NCFE learning criteria.

NCFE recommends 50 hours of practical experience in the school classroom. This observation can be completed by a qualified teacher, assessor, or a higher management level. Midday and lunchtime supervisor roles don’t meet this course’s entry requirements.

  • School placement is required.
  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrollments are open all year.

Your Course Materials – paper or online study

You’ll be given instant online access to your course. You can also have your course delivered as paper handbooks if you prefer.

The enrolment fee includes your NCFE certificate, course materials and full tutor support.

A genuine government certificate from NCFE & OFQUAL

Study with us, and you will gain exactly the same government-accredited qualifications and certificates as at a local college.

Upon course completion, you will receive a government-regulated NCFE Level 3 RQF certificate that’s fully recognised & accepted by all primary and secondary schools, including colleges. There’s no mention of distance learning or home study anywhere on the certificate, and we guarantee it’s exactly the same qualification that attendance-based colleges provide.

Enrolment fee includes NCFE CACHE certificate, all your course materials and full tutor support.

( RQF’s have now replaced the old NVQ & QCF qualifications )

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