York College

Who is this course aimed at?

Are you wanting a change in career?

Do you like the idea of working with children in schools?

This may be the course for you.

It is aimed at learners working/wanting to work in roles that support pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges.

Overview of the course

This course will provide you with knowledge and skills to work directly with children and young people

There will be half a day at college and then you will be expected to complete 1-2 days in a school setting (placement) every week

Entry Requirements

English and Maths GCSE C/Level 4 or equivalent is recommended but not essential as they can retake them alongside the course.

16 years and over

Work placement is required.

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Length

34/35 weeks.

Course Modules/units

It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour, communication and professional relationships and supporting teaching within a learning environment.

Teaching Method(s)

A range of teaching styles will be used. This will be in the classroom and then knowledge will be implemented and observed within placement.


All units will be internally assessed using written assignments, professional discussions in college and direct observations will take place in the setting. No exams.


£708 - £1,417

Additional costs

Learner will need a DBS check which will incur a fee of £44 if doing through college.

Reasons to choose this course

To gain underpinning knowledge alongside practical experience of supporting children in their learning to enable a career as a teaching assistant. You will work with your peers sharing your experiences and information from your placement.


You will attend York College for each session, you will have a placement within a releveant childcare setting.

Skills you will develop

You will develop skills for supporting children’s learning and development, communication skills will be enhanced and you will gain skills in managing Health and Safety.

Course progression

Learners can progress onto the NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, or into the workforce.

Career progression

Learners can apply for Teaching Assistant roles on completion of the course.

About the course tutors

All tutors and assessors are fully qualified with a wealth of experience within the sector.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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