Completing the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is the ideal way to gain experience and recognised qualifications for working in a support role in a school or college.  This Apprenticeship is suitable for those looking to begin a career working as a teaching assistant as well as those existing employees looking to further their professional development.

Throughout your time on the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship you will gain experience and qualifications that clearly demonstrate your ability to relate to and support pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning.  As a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice you will have the opportunity to work both alongside the teacher and 1:1 with pupils and small groups.

Advanced Apprenticeship

You will work towards a NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

You will choose from a wide range of units including:

  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Engage in personal development in health and social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand children and young people’s development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people.

To gain this qualification you will also have to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT, together with the Diploma part of the qualification.

With the advanced level Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship you’ll be able to train for roles like teaching assistant, behaviour support assistant, welfare support assistant, team leaders and bilingual support assistant.

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To complete the Apprenticeship, you will need to achieve Level 2 Functional Maths and English, you may hold prior qualifications that would exempt you from this, such as GCSE’s.  If you do not already hold these qualifications a dedicated team from our Skills for Life department will support, you to achieve these levels whilst on programme.

As part of the Apprenticeship you will be assessed against a wide range of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours related to the Teaching Assistant role, such as:

  • Learning how pupils learn and develop.
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning.
  • Keeping children safe in education.
  • Developing strategies for support.
  • Adding value to education.
  • Promoting equality, inclusion and diversity.

Alongside the apprenticeship there is also an opportunity to gain the Level 3 Diploma for specialist support in supporting teaching and learning in schools (Link here to the Level 3 Diploma course on our website).

End Point Assessment (EPA)

At the end of your Apprenticeship programme you will be invited to undertake the end point assessment.  This is a graded assessment, which ensures the achievement of the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.  For the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard this EPA is made up of:

  • A 90-minute professional discussion regarding your job role and the learning that has taken place throughout the Apprenticeship.
  • An observation of practice in the workplace.

Once your End Point Assessment is complete you will be awarded either a Pass or Distinction for your Apprenticeship.

You can find more information about this particular apprenticeship standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website: