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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools


Course Overview

This course is aimed at developing your existing qualifications and skills in health and social care practice and will benefit those who may want to progress onto a degree in health and social care. The course is taught across two years and will cover communication and professional relationships,  understanding schools, supporting learning activities, understanding child and young person development.

As an apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons but could include:

  • Supervising arts and crafts activities
  • Helping with outings
  • Reading to the class

The apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You’ll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. It’s a good stepping stone to a foundation degree or higher level teaching assistant training.

Course Content

This Apprenticeship is made up of the following four components:

1. Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and learning in Schools

Mandatory units:

  • Communication and Professional Relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Develop Professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Understand Child and Young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
  • Support children and young people's health and safety
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings

Optional units include:

  • Plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher
  • Support Literacy development
  • Support Numeracy development
  • Support Teaching and learning in a curriculum area
  • Support bilingual learners
  • Invigilate tests and examinations
  • Team working
  • Support children's speech, language and communication
  • Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs

2. Level 2 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT

3. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

4. Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) embedded in the Diploma

Entry Requirement

You should have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 qualification and be employed in this sector (we can help with finding relevant employment).


Production of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating understanding and competence in practice.

Methods of evidence include: Direct Observation by Assessor, Reflective Accounts, Professional Discussions with Assessor, Work Products, Cache Assignment Tasks.

Where does this course lead to

This qualification has been designed to allow progression into the school workforce.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status.

Foundation Degrees.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MP25
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: TBC.
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