Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship

Duration: Minimum 12 - 18 months
Course ID: Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship
Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in supporting Teaching & Learning
Entry requirements: As outlined

Why this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who provides learning support to teachers. You will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities as well as working on your own with individual or groups of pupils.

It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas in schools which could include:

  • Teaching assistants in Primary, Secondary and Special schools
  • Leaning mentors in schools
  • Other support roles in schools such as Laboratory Assistant and Librarian

You will spend one day a week (20% of your time) with Hull Training and Adult Education and the rest of the week with your employer.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 or over and should have:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 and above, or
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2
  • Good communication and problem solving abilities
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, but also be a good team worker
  • Good IT skills and enjoy working on computers

You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).

English and maths will be assessed as this has to be at a good level to progress.

You will need a mentor at the school and have the support of the Head Teacher.

Course content

This qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in schools.

The units cover children and young people’s development, the requirements of safeguarding and the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion.

It is suitable for learners working in roles that support pupils’ learning, including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

During the course you will complete 11 mandatory units:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools and organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Understand child and young person’s development
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety


You will work towards gaining an apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship standard contains a list of skills, knowledge and behaviours you will need to have learned by the end of your apprenticeship. Standards are occupation focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship and you are assessed at the end of your apprenticeship. It is at this point you will need to prove you can carry out all aspects of the job. This is called the End Point Assessment (EPA).

For more information about apprenticeships visit https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/what-is-an-apprenticeship

What next?

Here you will find some potential career pathways once you have completed your apprenticeship with us.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Key tasks 

  • liaising with school teachers and preparing lessons to deliver to their classes
  • getting the classroom ready for lessons and clearing away afterwards
  • helping teachers prepare materials that match development needs
  • supervising group activities, including outings and sports events
  • helping teachers manage class and school policy behaviour
  • looking after children who are upset or unwell
  • arranging and taking part in out of school clubs

Primary or Secondary School Teacher (having gained a university degree)

Key tasks 

  • planning and preparing lessons with suitable teaching materials
  • setting, marking, monitoring work e.g. essays, tests, and exams
  • updating records
  • attending meetings and training courses
  • talking to parents and carers about their children’s progress
  • working with other professionals like education psychologists and social workers
  • organising outings, school social activities and sporting events


University study

Key tasks 

  • improving academic knowledge and educational skills
  • specialising in a preferred subject to enhance future employment prospects
  • developing and maturing self-awareness and confidence
  • becoming more analytical to support problem solving
  • independently acknowledging work schedules, timescales and deadlines

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