Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges (Helping in Schools)

Ref: C2227852

The course seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that those working in a school or college setting will need. It covers safeguarding, health/safety, children and young people’s development, equality, professional communication and understanding the school and college context. The course will enable students to develop an understanding of working in a support role in a school and will promote parental engagement with children and young people’s learning. Students will work towards gaining the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges.

Additional information about this course

Half Term Dates for Timetable - REQUIRED No lessons 15/02,18/02, 29/03,01/04,05/04,08/04, 03/05, 31/05, 03/06

Course aim

To give people an understanding of working in a school or college setting with children and young people and encourage parents to be actively involved with their children.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • As students need to demonstrate good written English, you will need an initial assessment to ensure the course is right for you. For more information, contact the course organiser

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of schools and colleges as organisations
  • Have an understanding of the development of children and young people
  • Communicate and develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Have an understanding of children’s and young people’s health and safety and play a part in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Have an understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You are recommended to carry out some self –organised volunteer work, preferably in a school/college setting or with some other out-of-school activities with children.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A file of work will be kept which will be marked and assessed

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will require writing materials and an A4 folder to present their completed work. All other materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The Government’s website for educational matters is a valuable resource www.education.gov.uk

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Students will be provided with local information about potential progression routes at L2, L3 and Higher Level qualifications

Download full course information sheet

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges (Helping in Schools)


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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