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The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3) takes approximately 18 months to complete and is equivalent to two A-Levels. This programme is an ideal career progression route into teaching. Typical job roles associated with the programme include Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Specialist Support Assistant.

There are no standardised eligibility criteria for this qualification. This means the individual employer will decide if a candidate is suitable.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Features

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for your chosen role and industry. To help you with this, you can expect to study the following subject areas:

  • Understanding How Pupils Learn and Develop
  • Technology
  • Working with Teachers to Understand and Support Assessment for Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
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Off-the-Job Training

For 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties. This is to engage in training related to your post and programme. Known as ‘Off-the-Job Training’, this should take place at a time convenient for both you and your employer.

The qualification is delivered through a blended learning approach. You will be required to make time to see your tutor via remote or face-to-face sessions.

The sessions will take place roughly once per month, usually lasting around 2 hours. The duration of these can be extended for any additional learning or support you require. Your tutor will also provide support and guidance in between each learning session.

You should also expect to carry out self-study and learning as part of the Off-the-Job Training using your iLearner portfolio.

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.

  • As a Level 3 qualification, you’ll complete Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English.
  • The learning will be delivered by one of our dedicated tutors via remote or face-to-face sessions. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments. These may be delivered in a classroom.
  • These sessions will take place once a month, for roughly 2 hours depending on your learning needs.
  • With their expert help, you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your goals.
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The End-Point Assessment

As part of your Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship, an End-Point Assessment (EPA) will be completed to demonstrate your development and growth. You can achieve either a Pass or Distinction based on your final grade.


During your apprenticeship you will gather evidence as part of a portfolio to further show your learning. This will cover topics such as; developing strategies for support, communication and teamwork, using technology, problem solving/ability to motivate pupils and more. Though this is not directly assessed, your portfolio is essential for completing other parts of the EPA.

Forget about lugging around all your work. The online iLearner portfolio system means all your work can be uploaded directly to your account and accessed wherever you go. The system is easy to navigate. Though, full guidance will be provided through our iLearner handbook and from your tutor through one-to-one support.

Practical Observation with Questions & Answers

Once your portfolio is ready, an independent assessor will observe you in the workplace for approximately 2 hours, followed by a question and answer session of approximately 15 minutes. These questions will focus on the skills, knowledge, and behaviours you have developed throughout your apprenticeship.

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion will be a structured discussion between yourself and the independent assessor. Following the practical observation, you’ll further establish your understanding and application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout your apprenticeship. During the discussion, you will draw upon your portfolio to evidence and support your responses to the assessor’s questions. This discussion will take approximately 90 minutes to complete, and is delivered in your workplace, in a quiet room away from distractions.

Go Further

Once you’ve completed your Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship, there are several progression routes available, dependant on your industry and job role:

You can also progress into a variety of job roles, such as a Teacher, Tutor and many more!

Contact us for further information!

Call us on 01246 278931, email or fill in the contact form below 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.