Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3


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This Apprenticeship is for people employed to work within schools supporting the teacher and the children in the classroom.

It comprises six qualifications, all of which have to be achieved for Certification:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • PLTS Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

The course will provide learners with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.  There will be weekly workshops across the year and workplace assessment.

This qualification is for Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Cover Supervisors, Learning Mentors or those in a similar role at Level 3. Learners need to be employed in a school environment to undertake Apprenticeship training.  They need to show competence in both knowledge and skills at Level 3 and have the school's support to be sure of demonstrating that they are working with a degree of independence and responsibility.

The  Diploma is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills. To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 44 credits. A total of 32 credits will come from the mandatory units and then learners will need to obtain a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units.

Mandatory units comprise: 

  • Understand child and young person development.
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.
  • 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.
  • Support assessment for learning.
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
  • Support children and young people's health and safety.

Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and PLTS Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are embedded in the childcare training and assessment.

English and Maths are essential for those working in an an educational environment, so all learners need to achieve Functional Skills whilst on the programme, unless they have acceptable qualifications. 

Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.  Tuition will be made available to support candidates to achieve this where they do not have accepted qualifications, e.g. recent GCSE ICT Grade C.

Training structure

The course will be taught through workshops which include lectures, group and individual work, discussion and presentations. Tutors and Assessors will work together to support candidates and prepare them for assessment.

Minimum entry requirements

You should be at least 16 years old and have paid employment in a school for at least 16 hours per week.  You need to show competence in both knowledge and skills in your work in the setting.  Ideally an Apprentice would be employed for 30 hours a week.  Where the contract is less, the Appenticeship will take proportionally longer to achieve.

This qualification is suitable for those planning a career in educaion.

How will I be assessed?

The skills and knowledge which reflect good work place practice will be assessed through observation in the work place and a portfolio of written evidence. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Professional discussion  
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Coursework
  • Observation in the setting

All the assessment criteria of the mandatory and optional units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Information & support

This course requires an interview.  All learners need the support from a qualified and experienced professional in their work setting who will be required to complete professional development records.

You will need to provide files and writing materials.  Word processing skills and access to a computer and the internet for writing and research is important.  Learners will be expected to make time for private study. 

Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.

What can I do with this Apprenticeship?

Learners may progress to a HLTA or Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants or teacher training.

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