The Teaching Assistant - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of teaching / classroom assistant roles.

The aims of the home study courses are to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills appropriate the conduct of a classroom support role, and to participation in a wide range of classroom support a activities.

The home study courses are designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. Each unit is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

Please Note: We also offer the following courses which all lead to qualifications listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework Database (QCF):

  • Support Work in Schools – Level 2 Course

  • Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – Level 2 Course

  • Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – Level 3 Course

The Home Study Courses Cover the Following 4 Mandatory Units:-

  • Unit One – Supporting the Teacher

The following topics are covered: The learning environment; Pupil behaviour; and Observing and recording.

  • Unit Two – Supporting the Pupil

The following topics are covered: Care and support; Health and hygiene; and Child protection.

  • Unit Three – Supporting the Curriculum

The following topics are covered: The National Curriculum; Planning, evaluating and assisting; and Pupils during all learning activities.

  • Unit Four – Supporting the School

The following topics are covered: Legal requirements; School organisation; and Policies and procedures.

The Home Study Courses Also Cover the Following 5 Optional Units (3 Required):-

  • Unit Five – Supporting ICT in the Classroom

The following topics are covered: Preparation and Maintenance of ICT Equipment; Supporting the Use of ICT Equipment; and Keeping Pupil Records.

  • Unit Six – Supporting Pupils with Special Education Needs

The following topics are covered: Inclusion and Special Educational Needs; and Support for Learners.

  • Unit Seven – Supporting Literacy Development

The following topics are covered: Supporting the Development of Reading Skills; Supporting the Development of Writing Skills; and Supporting the Development of Speaking and Listening Skills.

  • Unit Eight – Supporting Numeracy Development

The following topics are covered: Supporting the Development of Number Skills; Supporting the Development of Problem Solving and Data Handling Skills; and Supporting the Understanding of Measures, Shape and Space.

  • Unit Nine – Working with Others

The following topics are covered: Working in Teams; Working with Colleagues; and Working with other Professionals and Parents.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Teaching Assistant Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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