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Start Dates

September, February and April

About the course

This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as qualified Teaching Assistant supporting children in primary, secondary or special schools. This qualification is ideal if you are interested in working as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant or are currently working in an unsupervised role that supports pupils' learning, including specialist roles. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


1 day per week for 1 year – roll on/roll off at three termly points across the year.

Studying at Harlow College plus work experience or volunteering in a school at least two days per week.

Entry requirements

Preferably you will have GCSE English at grade C or above. However if you have commensurate life experience you may be able to study a GCSE English qualification alongside the course.

You must undertake and receive clearance for a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is suitable for those who are currently working in a teaching support role and would like to gain a qualification and move to the next level.

How much does it cost?


Awarding body


Where will this course take me?

  • Study further HE courses, leading to a teaching qualification

Core modules

The areas you will study include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Developing professional relationships
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting assessment for learning
  • Understanding child development
  • Understanding how to safeguard the well-being and Health & Safety of children

Will I have to provide anything?

You are welcome to bring your own device (tablet, laptop).

General stationery (lever arch folders, dividers etc).

Access to the internet at home would be beneficial

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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