Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) (Teaching Assistant) Certificate Level 2

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    Part Time

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    One Year

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    Boston or Distance Learning

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    Wednesday 4th September 2024


The Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) Certificate is designed for those new to supporting learning within a school or college. The course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to effectively support children and young people with their learning, by addressing key issues within education, including safeguarding, assessment for learning and understanding schools as organisations.

Upon successful completion of this course, the qualification you will achieve is the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

What will I do?

During the course, you will study 11 mandatory units:

  • Understand Schools as Organisations
  • Child Development
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Maintain relationships with children and young people
  • Health and Safety
  • Positive behaviour
  • Teamwork
  • Play and leisure
  • Promote an effective learning environment
  • Provide displays

You will be working in either a voluntary or paid placement for the duration of the course. This can be in a primary, secondary, special, independent school or a college, working with children and young people aged 4+.

Alongside your placement, monthly workshops on Teams will run covering the requirements for each assignment.

As a Boston College student, you will have access to the library at Boston's Rochford Campus where can you access a range of books to support your course or use the computers or printers. You may also access the coffee shop, bistro and canteen at the Rochford Campus.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

There are no formal entry qualifications for the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) Certificate.

You will need however, a placement within a setting for the duration of the course.

If you do not hold English and Maths at GCSE grade 4 (Old GCSE grade C) or an equivalent you are encouraged to undertake these qualification.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) (Teaching Assistant) Certificate Level 2 will take you 1 year to complete.

You will initially attend college for a course induction with you tutor, at our Boston Campus (Rochford).

Learning will take place on Teams where you will need to attend a workshop, once a month, 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

This course is flexible to fit around other commitments. You will need to ensure that you can complete a placement within a setting during this time.

The Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) Certificate is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £806.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This course is 50% practical and 50% theory. You will be assigned to an assessor and they will come and observe you in the school placement.

The observations and assignments will build up a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your skills and knowledge within your role. You will also collect other types of evidence to build up your portfolio including witness testimonies, professional discussions, product evidence and assessor questions.

Successful completion of the Level 2 qualification will allow you to progress on to Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate Level 3. It can also lead to employment as a level 2 Teaching Assistant.

Additional costs include purchasing textbooks, approx. £20; however, you can assess textbooks via the College library.

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