Supporting Teaching and Learning Support Courses

Are you currently working or volunteering in a school setting? Are you looking for a new career direction, challenge, or an opportunity to increase your understanding of working with young children?

Our Apprenticeships in Early Years and Supporting Teaching and Learning will provide you with the knowledge needed to work in an early years environment.

Here at Colchester Institute, we offer a supportive learning environment to extend your skills to meet the rewarding challenges of working to support children’s learning and development. The course will support your preparation for occupational areas, such as administrative roles, site and technical support roles, and roles directly with children.


Level 3 Award in Education and Training ( PTLLS Replacement )

This 16 week course provides an introduction to teaching in the lifelong learning sector. The award can either be stand alone or in preparation for the Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning Sector). Most learning will be carried out in group work sessions, where you will be able to learn from the experience of others and contribute your own views on what constitutes effective learning and teaching.

Education and Training Award Level 3( Replacement for PTLLS )


Early Years EducatorLevel 3 Apprenticeship
Teaching AssistantLevel 3 Apprenticeship

Part-time Courses

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3 (PT)
Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (CACHE Certificate) Level 2

Our courses are delivered by tutors who are experienced practitioners from various subject specialist backgrounds and their professional expertise is valued by our students. Programmes combine theory and practice based studies, enabling students to develop the relevant skills and experience to enhance their professional knowledge and career progression.

Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of specialist facilities for degree and postgraduate students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.