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Level 3 Teaching Assistant | Apprentice Team

The apprenticeship standards are a new in-depth way of gaining qualifications in your chosen job role. By completing the Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship, you will gain a qualification equivalent to two A-level passes. It takes approximately 18 months to complete (depending on working hours).

As part of the apprenticeship you will engage in off-the-job training, create a portfolio of evidence, and complete the End-Point Assessment.

This apprenticeship qualification suits job roles such as Teaching Assistant, Secondary Teaching Assistant, Primary Teaching Assistant, and many more.

What are the subject areas for a Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship?

For the Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship, you will study these subject areas:

  • Understanding How Pupils Learn and Develop
  • Using Technology to Support Learning
  • Working with Teachers to Understand and Support Assessment for Learning
  • Knowledge of Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Developing Strategies for Supporting Pupils

This qualification is ideal to get you started on your career in teaching—no previous qualifications required.

To find out more about these subject areas, give us a call on 01246 278931, or email info@apprenticeteam.co.uk.

Functional Skills

If you do not have grades A-C/9-4 in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent, you will complete Functional Skills alongside the apprenticeship. It is nationally recognised, and is completed as part of the apprenticeship. See below for more information:

  • You will complete Functional Skills at Level 2 (GCSE A-C/9-4) as this is a Level 3 apprenticeship qualification.
  • Most learning is delivered within the workplace by our tutors, either in person or by online learning. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments, which may be delivered in a classroom.
  • The tutors will visit your workplace once a month for roughly 3-4 hours per session, dependent on your learning needs during your apprenticeship visits.
  • With their expert help, you will have all the support you need to achieve your goals.

What is off-the-job training?

In short, for 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties to engage in training related to your post. This is known as off-the-job training, and could include a variety of tasks. For example, practical training, theory tests and writing tests would all count as off-the-job training.

You do not need to visit a classroom to complete off-the-job training, and you will complete it within your normal working hours. As part of this training, one of our tutors will conduct both one-to-one workplace visits and remote learning sessions. This will take place every 4-6 weeks, with remote sessions delivered through video conferencing. Each session lasts 1½-4 hours, depending on your individual learning needs.

The End-Point Assessment

As part of your apprenticeship, you will complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA). In short, this assessment will help you to showcase the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have developed through the programme. You can achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

For the Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship, the EPA includes the following:

  • Showcase Portfolio
    • For the duration of your apprenticeship, you will create a portfolio to showcase the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the qualification.
    • You will then use the portfolio as evidence during other parts of the End-Point Assessment.
    • You will manage this online through the iLearner system, and you will receive full guidance on how to do so by your tutor.
  • Professional Discussion
    • Once your portfolio is complete, you will have a discussion with the assessor.
    • This will show what you have learned through the programme, evidenced by your portfolio.
  • Presentation with Questions and Answers
    • Once your portfolio is ready, an independent assessor will observe you in the workplace for approximately 2 hours.
    • After the observation, there will be a 15 minute question and answer session.
    • These questions will focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have developed through your apprenticeship.

Go Further

Once you have completed this apprenticeship, there are several progression routes available, dependant on your industry and job role.

Call us on 01246 278931 or email info@apprenticeteam.co.uk to check availability and for further advice about the next steps. Our team will be happy to advise you on additional programmes we provide and can help point you in the right direction for any learning requirement not delivered by Apprentice Team Ltd.

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