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Teaching Assistant

Level: 3
Typical Duration: 18 months

Possible Job Role: Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, SEN Teaching Assistant

Course Overview

A Teaching Assistant Apprentice forms a pivotal role in supporting a young person’s development, working alongside the lead teacher to enhance pupils’ learning, either in groups or individually, ensuring that pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
This apprenticeship provides transferable skills such as the ability to keep children safe, communication, planning, health and safety for children, the ability to monitor children’s behaviour, and underpinning the delivery of the national curriculum.
The aim of this qualification is to give the learners the knowledge, skills, and behaviours, to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning, ensure that pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. This is a school-based role, and could be in the primary, special or secondary education sector.

Qualification Achieved

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will hold a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Additional qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English


The role may act as a gateway to further career and training opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • SEN Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Mentor

Learning & Assessment

Apprentices will be assigned a dedicated tutor. The tutor will visit monthly in the workplace, as well as being on hand to support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship programme. The frequency of these sessions may be more, depending on the needs of the apprentice.

End Point Assessment

Each Apprentice must undergo an independent end-point assessment to determine the outcome of their apprenticeship. The assessments will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship is assessed are:

  • Practical Observation with Questions & Answers
  • Professional Discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set their own criteria for this apprenticeship.

Hire an Apprentice

We can work with you to source a suitable applicant for your organisation or you can up-skill your existing employees. If the employee is under 19 and your business has fewer than 50 employees, there will be no cost for the training. If they are over 19 and/or your business has over 50 employees then you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the training. For any businesses paying into the levy, all training costs will be covered.


With our Talent Match recruitment service, Talent Bank, we will advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and pre-interview potential prospects in order to ensure you only interview the most appropriate candidates for your vacancy – all free of charge.


We offer a dedicated virtual learning platform which allows learners to keep on track of their course. In addition to this, it allows our tutors and employers to keep up-to-date with the progression of learners.