Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship


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Childcare & Early Years Apprenticeship Summary

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Advance your teaching and learning while gaining recognition for your skills. While providing one-to-one support for children and young people, you’ll gain valuable CPD in mental health, special educational needs and disability (SEND), and towards becoming a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA). You’ll then be able to provide an even greater level of support.

  • Qualification – Level 3 Teaching Assistant
  • Learning style – face-to-face, online and workplace coaching
  • Progression – gain the CPD and skills of an experienced teaching assistant
  • Duration – typically 18 months

Off-the-job training

As an apprentice you take 20% of your time at work to complete off-the-job training. It’s an innovative way for businesses to gain a multi-skilled workforce – you’ll be able to bring sector insights and the latest knowledge into your organisation.

We’ll support you to train during work hours and confidently evidence your off-the-job learning, supported and facilitated by your employer. You’ll immediately add value by applying your learning to your role – so it’s beneficial for both you and your employer.

Ideal for…

These are just a few of the typical job roles that fit this teaching apprenticeship:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Cover Supervisors
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Learning Mentor
  • SEND Support Mentor

What you’ll learn

On this teaching assistant course you’ll deepen your understanding and practice in the use of classroom technology, curriculum planning and assessment for learning. You’ll also cover safeguarding, Prevent and online safety – as well as equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).


  • Improve your skills and capabilities
  • Discover new competencies
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Open up new career opportunities

How you’ll learn

Blended learning styles

The programme combines delivery sessions, virtual learning, masterclasses and workplace coach visits. You’ll receive mentoring and training – as well as regular visits from one of our Train Together workplace coaches to help you apply your learning to develop your skills and employability. You’ll also have input sessions to support your personal and professional development.

This is a flexible approach to learning for both you and your school. Your trainer will make sure you gain fundamental knowledge and develop the skills required to support pupils’ learning and progress.

The modules you’ll study

  • Child and Young Person Development
  • Safeguarding, Prevent and Online Safety
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Assessment for Learning
  • SEND Awareness
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Assistant Research Project and Case Studies
  • Personal and Professional Development

How you’ll be assessed

At the end of the apprenticeship you’ll complete a summative end-point assessment – designed to check whether you’ve developed the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. This is conducted by an independent body to make sure it’s impartial. For this course, your end-point assessment organisation is Training Qualifications UK.

This includes a showcase of your practice, observation and a professional discussion with an independent end-point assessor.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to meet these requirements:

  • Resident in the UK/EEA/EU for the last 3 years
  • Meet module requirements through your employment in a relevant job role
  • To be working within the national curriculum at Key stage 1-4

You’ll also need to achieve these separate qualifications before or during the course to complete the programme.

  • Level 1 Award Functional Skills in English and/or Maths

Career progression

After successfully completing this early years programme, you’ll gain valuable Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship. This training and the skills you’ve developed will help you to excel in your role as an experienced teaching assistant. You could also move on to the Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant apprenticeship or standalone qualification.

Let’s help you train

Contact us to find out more about how the programme works and what life is like on a teaching assistant apprenticeship.

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