Foundation Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2)

This course is available in Welsh

Course Overview

As from 14 October 2016, learners who have achieved a qualification recognised as an alternative to Essential Skills, as detailed under the apprenticeship framework, are not required to undertake Essential Skills qualification. However, if a learner’s WEST assessment identifies that the learner has essential skills deficits which would inhibit progress through the framework, this needs to be addressed.

This apprenticeship is suitable for those that provide support in the classroom. Learning support and teaching assistants play a vital role in the modern classrooms. Working under the direction of teachers they are involved in lesson preparation and supporting small groups or individuals in the class.

Updated April 2017

Course Delivery

Mandatory units:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Support learning activities.

You will be able to choose from a range of optional units to complete the qualification. Your assessor will help you identify the most appropriate units for your individual role. Example of these include:

  • Contribute to supporting bilingual learners
  • Invigilate tests and examinations
  • Prepare and maintain learning environments
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Support children and young people at meal or snack times
  • Support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs
  • Support children and young people's play and leisure.


  • Worksheets
  • Course work/portfolio of evidence
  • Observations in the work environment
  • Professional discussions

Essential skills:

  • Application of Number Level 1
  • Communication Level 2
  • Digital Literacy Level 1
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

Progression Opportunities

This qualification is highly regarded by employers as it demonstrates your knowledge and, most importantly, your practical competence.

Potential job opportunities include teaching assistant, learner support assistant or special needs assistant. You may be interested in pursuing another award, namely the Level 3 Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning.

Additional Information

Apprentices are assigned a training mentor, who will visit them on a regular basis to ensure they are happy with their progress and that they are on track to achieve.

The course should take up to two years however, candidates work at their own pace so can achieve as quickly as they wish, taking into account an appropriate level of contact with their assessor.

Course deliverable in Welsh: