Course covers the areas that a teaching assistant working directly under the direction of a teacher needs to have knowledge of and understand. Consists of 11 units in all Including child development, schools as organisations, safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion, behaviour, health and safety.

A portfolio of work is put together to show theroy knowledge together with the learner's ability to put their knowledge into practise.  Each learner is allocated an assessor who will mark the majority of their work.  Sample units will then be checked by the internal verifier before an external verifier from OCR samples the work for the final moderation.