Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools, Level 3 Apprenticeship

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities as well as working on their own with individual or groups of pupils.

The framework provides training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behavior support assistant/co-ordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant or team leader.

Apprenticeship programmes provide a structured paid national training route within the workplace, which is supported with on-going professional development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘portfolio’ of skills and qualifications that will allow you to progress within your work environment and or progress to both further and higher education, if necessary.

The qualifications you will gain as an apprentice are:
Diploma (Level 3) in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
Employees Rights and Responsibility workbook (ERR).
At Level 3 the total minimum number of credits that an apprentice must attain on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) for this pathway is 59. This is achieved through completion of the Combined Knowledge and Competence qualification and the Transferable Skills qualification.
- Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
- Functional Skills Level 2 English
- Functional Skills Level 2 ICT

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Mandatory Units include:
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- School as organisations
- Support learning activities
- Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. 

You will also have a range of optional units to select from which include: Provide Literacy and Numeracy Support; Support Children’s Speech, Language and Communication; Support Disabled Children and Young People and Those with Special Educational Needs; Support Individuals to Meet Personal Care Needs.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

Suitable candidates are ideally expected to attend group sessions and take part in work based assessments. Candidates will also demonstrate proof of competence through their own work whilst on the programme. Methods of assessment used by the tutors and assessor are assignments, case studies, observations, witness testimonies, reflective accounts and some work products.

The candidate will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment and verification will be undertaken by the college. This will be carried out by qualified lecturers, assessors and internal verifier.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Progression for a level 3 Advanced Apprentice could include:
Moving into higher education to take higher level qualification according to those used and respected in the sector they are working or Level 4 qualification in a relevant area.

This is a national qualification, achievement of this national qualification may allow you to progress to a higher level qualification (Level 3 Diploma in Specialist
Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools) or get recognition for knowledge and skills in areas of specialist practice for example progressing onto Specialist qualifications.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but ideally the candidate should be educated to Level 2 and must be working within the field all candidates will need to attend an information session before starting the programme. You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in (if you are looking for employment see below for information). All candidates will need to undertake a literacy & numeracy assessment prior to starting the apprenticeship training.  You need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

When we have received your application, you will be interviewed by an assessor.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.


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