Teaching Assistant Advanced

Teaching Assistant Advanced Apprenticeship



Employers have helped to design these revised Apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff in schools, attract new people to the sector, upskill the workforce and replace those who leave or retire. The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff with a working role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They 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 their own with individual, or groups of, pupils.


Entry Requirements

  • English Language GCSE Grade C or Functional Skill Level 2 (preferred);
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or Functional Skill Level 2 (preferred);
  • Working in a role such as Teaching/Classroom/Learning Support Assistant, Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator, Pastoral/Welfare Support Assistant, Bilingual Support Assistant or Team Leader;
  • Having previously completed one of: Level 2 Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools; Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools; or Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools would be advantageous.


How long is the course?

The duration of this apprenticeship is generally 18-24 months.

Other information

By the end of your apprenticeship you will have achieved:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools;
  • Functional Skill in Maths Level 2 (if required);
  • Functional Skill in English Level 2 (if required);
  • Functional Skill in ICT Level 2 (if required);
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities;
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

Employment opportunities exist within primary, special and secondary schools in both the state and independent sectors. There will be increasing opportunities for apprentices to take on a wider range of responsibilities. Opportunities also exist to move into other roles across the wider children’s workforce e.g., child care, play work or youth work. Dependant on the specialist optional units taken, a range of specialist roles may be open to the apprentice.

Progression opportunities also include:

  • foundation degree e.g. for teaching assistants or supporting teaching and learning;
  • training and/or assessment against the Higher Level Teaching Assistant professional standards to achieve HLTA status;
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce for those with appropriate experience and opportunities;
  • level 4 qualifications in a relevant area;
  • the Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree.
How do I start?

Email apprenticeships@aspirationtraining.com

Want more information?

Call: 01527 359646

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