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Apprenticeship Standard Education and Childcare - Teaching assistant - Level 3


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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course (Some level 2 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

Advanced Learning Loan - Information on ways to fund your level 3 or above qualification - Details Here

More information about this Course

Course Overview
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
Typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading)

How Long Is The Course?
The course will take 18 months to complete.

What Will I Learn?
Developing strategies for support Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning. Use appropriately varied vocabulary to ensure pupils’ understanding. Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy. Deliver interventions in accordance with training given (RAG rating). Foster and encourage positive, effective, nurturing and safe learning environments inspiring pupils to take pride in and learn from their individual achievements. Recognise, adapt and respond to all pupils encompassing SEN/emotional vulnerabilities, for example, use Makaton, visual timetables. Communication and team work Work closely with teachers to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching. Ensure regular communication with teachers to provide clarity and consistency of role within lessons. Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding. Build appropriate relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents, adults and stakeholders. Comply with policy and procedures for sharing confidential information and know when and where to seek advice. Implement current statutory guidance including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy. Undertake safeguarding training every 3 years. Support pupils’ well-being whilst embedding the importance of online safety. Working with teachers to accurately assess Contribute to a range of assessment processes and use information effectively for example: written records. Use specific feedback to help pupils make progress. Apply good subject knowledge to support accurate assessment. Using technology Use school computer systems, including specialist software eg: online registration, intervention programmes and management information systems. Use relevant technology competently and effectively to improve learning. Ensure pupils use technology safely. Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils Use a range of strategies including scaffolding and open questioning skills to enable pupils to access and engage in learning. Recognise the difference between pastoral and academic issues and model good behaviour for learning.

How Will I Learn?
The underpinning knowledge is delivered through weekly classroom sessions using a range of methods including tutorials and group work and projects. Practical activities will play a central role within the course. Candidates gain valuable experience from time spent in placement which is fundamental to learning.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Candidates will be assessed through direct observation in the school environment and completion of a portfolio. Examinations will be taken in Maths, English as required.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
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, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

Attendance Mode
Work Based

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