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Intermediate Teaching Assistant Course

You love working with children, are driven to help them achieve their potential and feel at home in the classroom, but you’re finding it difficult to get into your dream career because you don’t have accredited qualifications. Sound familiar?

Teaching Assistants play a vital role in classrooms up and down the country. One day you could be supporting an individual student with learning difficulties, the next you’ll be creating displays for pupils' work, and helping out on school trips and activities.

As a Teaching Assistant, no two days are the same – looking for a rewarding career like no other? This is a great opportunity for you! One we can support you with through our accredited Teaching Assistant Course.

Tell Me More About Becoming a Teaching Assistant

Although there’s no set entry-level qualification for becoming a Teaching Assistant, most schools have strict guidelines as to what they’re looking for. You’ll need to understand your role in the classroom, be prepared in supporting the classroom teacher and confidently build student’s self-esteem and independence for success in the classroom.

Alongside good reading, writing, numeracy and communication skills, schools often look for Teaching Assistants who have specialist knowledge or skills. Having knowledge in specific areas of learning needs, such as autism and mental health can give you a distinct advantage when it comes to the application process.

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What Can I Expect as a Teaching Assistant?

You won’t be surprised that as a Teaching Assistant, you’ll spend lots of time with students, and often those with greater learning needs. As a result, you’ll need to be patient and have a positive attitude that is conducive to a student’s learning and progression. Although challenging, think how rewarding it will be to watch your students progress and develop!

Most of your day-to-day work will be in the classroom, but you’ll often have the opportunity to help out on school trips and outdoor activities. Get stuck in and build positive relationships with your students and the teachers you’re supporting!

How Do I Become a Teaching Assistant?


As you don’t need a degree to become a Teaching Assistant, you’ll need to stand out from the other applicants to see success. Experience working with children? Great! Accredited certificate proving your specialised knowledge? Maybe not? We can help!

The Intermediate Teaching Assistant course is designed to help you succeed in starting your career as a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant, or Learning Support Assistant. Specialise your understanding mental health and autism to help you get noticed by schools. Develop crucial skills to support children and young people in their learning and independence, and help them build their self-esteem and confidence.

Upgrade to the Professional course option and add the Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability to your skill-set - improve your career prospects and develop your understanding in this area. 

  • Unit 1: Understand Children’s and Young People’s Development
  • Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Unit 3: Support Children’s and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Unit 4: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 5: Support Learning Activities
  • Unit 6: Promote Children’s and Young Peoples Positive Behaviour
  • Unit 7: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Unit 8: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
  • Unit 9: Support Assessment for Learning
  • Unit 10: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Unit 11: Schools as Organisations
  • Unit 1: Autism in context
  • Unit 2: Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Unit 3: Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism
  • Unit 4: Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • Unit 5: Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism
  • Unit 6: Safeguarding and resilience in autism
  • Unit 1: Understand children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Unit 2: Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health
  • Unit 3: Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • Unit 4: Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns
  • Unit 5: Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns

Professional Teaching Assistant Course

Add the following qualification to the Intermediate Teaching Assistant course to upgrade your learning:
  • Introduction to special educational needs and disability
  • Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Principles of promoting person centred approach for individuals with SEND
  • Understand Equality and Diversity in context of SEND
  • Understanding SEND and learning
This will allow you to look for roles confidently, knowing you’ll have the knowledge to be a real asset to any school!

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The main role of a Teaching Assistant is to provide assistance to the teacher – you are assigned a teacher at the beginning of term and will work together throughout the academic year. The teacher will have identified students who need extra help – you’ll work with them individually or in small groups to complete their work with the extra supervision they need to flourish. Depending on the school you’re working with, you may specialise your support to numeracy, literacy or Special Educational Needs (SEN).
Your career as a Teaching Assistant can be developed in a variety of ways - you have the freedom to choose which age group you work with (Reception, Primary schools, Secondary schools or colleges) and what area you’d prefer to specialise in. These areas include:
Special Education Needs (SEN), Behavioural Specialist, Autism Specialist or understanding children and young people's mental health.
Your new career as a Teaching Assistant starts with a simple conversation. Our friendly Academy Assessors have a wealth of experience discussing routes to your new career - contact us today to learn more.


What Do I Need To Know About The Intermediate Teaching Assistant Course?

Complete your learning in around 3-6 months, at a time and pace that suits you. Get dedicated tutor support throughout your course, so you’ll have help furthering your professional and technical skills ready for employment!

When you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be equipped with: