Duration – This apprenticeship will typically take 18-24 months
Level – Level 3
Qualifications – You will complete a BTEC Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment.

Who is the course for?

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.

This apprenticeship provides a good foundation to progress into higher level roles eventually such as a Teacher.


There are no formal entry requirements; this will be decided by each employer.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must not be enrolled on any funded training courses or hold a similar qualification already at the same level.

Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy may be entitled to 100% funding if the apprentice is 16-18. Alternatively employers are required to contribute 5% which can be split over a number of months.

Topics and Assessment

Areas studied include:
- Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
- Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
- Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
- Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
- Schools as Organisations
- Support Learning Activities

Assessment will take place using a variety of methods such as work-place observations, written assignments, presentations and feedback from managers.

Download the factsheet here.

Delivery Model

Apprentices will be assigned a development coach who will guide them through the course using a mixture of tutorials, workshops, online materials and self-study.

Workshops will usually take place locally with other apprentices although this is location dependant and can also be delivered via Zoom.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

A robust programme designed to equip apprentices with all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be an effective teaching assistant in both primary and secondary schools.


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