Supporting Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistants) Apprenticeship (Level 3)


Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

This qualification- Is designed for those working in teaching assistant roles. You will need to have some degree of responsibility through the planning and running of intervention groups or being named pupil support assistant with an input into the named pupils IEP and targets.

Typical Job Titles- Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Specialist Support Assistant, Support for Specialist Curriculum Areas

Programme Requirements

Must have 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and taken the test for level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. We do have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the apprenticeship qualification and that they are working at the right level in their job. It will be a requirement to complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments and skill exams.

Typical Duration- 18 months

Apprenticeship Content

Employers involved in creating the standard: Hughenden Primary School, Collaborative Schools Ltd, The Mead Academy Trust, Tameside School, St John’s CoE School, Radnage CoE School, Pebble Brook School (secondary), St Gregory’s School, Princes Risborough School (secondary), Minsthorpe Community College, The Dover Federation for the Arts Multi Academy Trust, St. Mary's C of E Primary School, Academies Enterprise Trust, St James Barnet School, Harris Federation, Oakgrove School (Secondary), The Stourport High School & VIth Form College, Academy Transformation Trust Sutton Academy, Central Bedfordshire Council, Leeds City Council, Hampshire CC, Southwark Council, North Yorks CC, Cambridgeshire CC, Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, Nottingham City Council, Hull Training & Adult Education, Children, Young People & Family Services, Hull City Council, Hackney Learning Trust

What can an apprentice do next?

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher

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