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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant)


Course Overview

The apprenticeship includes learning about how Teaching Assistants support the class teacher to enhance pupils' learning either in groups or individually, to ensure pupils understand the work set and know their learning objectives to stay on task and make progress.

You will learn how to promote self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem as these play an integral part of pupils' well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing and safe environment.

Job roles for an apprenticeship in this sector include: teaching assistant, learning support assistant, specialist support assistant and support for specialist curriculum areas.

Course Content

The primary role of a Teaching Assistant is to be a good role model and act with honesty/integrity, and contribute to planning and class activities taking an active role towards supporting the learner to access the curriculum. You will promote Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as positive behaviours are crucial to contributing improved pupil progress and development.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will learn:
  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop - understand the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence, comprehend learning resources, recognise different key stages of child development throughout their school years.
  • Technology - recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning.
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning - understand how to accurately observe, record and report pupil's participation and progress to improve practice and assessment, understand the school's assessment procedures and become familiar with assessment materials.
  • Curriculum - use an appropriate knowledge of the curriculum within the context you are working in.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - fully understand and comprehend statutory guidance: 'Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1', safeguarding policies, prevent strategy, and understand the importance or sharing relevant information in a timely manner with safeguarding lead.

Entry Requirement

  • A relevant Level 2 qualification.
  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or Level 2  Functional Skills or above.
  • You will need to be employed, or find employment, in a relevant role.


As part of the Teaching Assistant qualification the apprentice will be assessed entirely in the workplace to achieve evidence towards their portfolio. This may include being observed, writing assignments, looking at work products, having a professional discussion.

Where does this course lead to

Upon completion of the apprenticeship progression may include a number of different career pathways within the educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MP65
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: TBC.
2023 Basingstoke College of Technology, Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 8TN.
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