Teaching Assistant & PE Specialism

Level: 3
Typical Duration: 18 months

Possible Job Role: Teaching Assistant, PE Practitioner, Learning Support Assistant

Course Overview

A teaching assistant with a PE and School Sport specialism forms a pivotal and unique role within a Primary or SEN setting. The role centres on supporting young people’s physical, social and emotional development and their relationship with physical activity and sport.
Learners will be able to devise and deliver learning activities and lessons linked to the curriculum and technical syllabus for primary physical education, incorporating differentiated learning activities and assessment for learning, as well as being able to lead extracurricular multi-skill activity sessions. Learners are also given the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and lead a school sporting event or competition, as well as promoting and delivering active, healthy lifestyle initiatives to children and their families.
The aim of this qualification is to give the learners the knowledge, skills, and behaviours, to be able to contribute to the planning and development of schemes of work in primary physical education as well as conducting a teaching assistant role to support class teachers and enhance pupil’s learning either in groups or individually. 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 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship.
Additional qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in PE & School Sport
  • Level 4 Diploma in Primary PE Practice
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English


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
  • Learning Mentor
  • PE Coordinator

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 evaluate the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship is assessed are:

  • Practical Observation
  • Professional Discussion 
  • Coursework/Project
  • Portfolio of Evidence

Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualification in Supporting Physical Education in Schools. Individual employers may set additional criteria for this apprenticeship Learners must hold a Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning or Supporting Physical Education in Schools (or equivalent). In certain circumstances, extensive experience of working within primary schools can be considered, but this must be supported by the school’s headteacher. Learners must attend suitable training or hold a qualification in safeguarding which covers the required content in line with school policy. Learners must be able to apply factual and theoretical knowledge and be able to use a range of cognitive and practical skills to support primary physical education practice within schools. This will require learners to work in both predictable and unpredictable situations using knowledge, skills and competencies pitched at Level 4 on the RFQ.


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.

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.