Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship – Level 3

Course Code: IAS297

Course Duration

18 months

Course Type



Haybridge Road, Telford

Course Level


About the course

A teaching assistant works in primary, special and secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role is to support the lead class teacher in enhancing a pupil’s learning either via groups or individually. You will learn how to ensure pupils understand the work set, have an adequate understanding of their learning objectives, and help pupils to stay on task in order to make progress in the learning environment.


Formative assessment of skills, knowledge and behaviours is required in the delivery of the standard and this will be outlined in the assessment plan. Maths and English are required at Level 2, if not already previously achieved. When the apprenticeship standard, off the job learning hours are complete the apprentices move to gateway.

The end point assessment consists of a two-hour practical
observation in the apprentice’s workplace, by an end-point assessor, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

There is then a professional discussion based around the portfolio of evidence that has been created whilst the apprentice has undertaken their learning and training and will last 90 minutes.

Careers and progression

Many apprentices remain employed with the school as a Teaching Assistant and move on to a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant or training to become an Assistant Teacher or Teacher.

Entry requirements

• A minimum of GCSEs at grades 4 – 9 (GCSE C or above) English and Maths or achievement of level 2 Functional skills in English and maths as part of the Apprenticeship
• Be able to work more than 30 hours per week
• To sit an assessment for English and maths
• An interview with an Apprenticeship Tutor

Additional information

Telford College works with the employer to create a specific development plan to meet the apprenticeship standards which the apprentice is expected to work towards. Whilst working to the plan in the workplace the apprentice will track the journey mapping to the require standards showing
valuable knowledge, skills and practical experience gained.

Alongside an off the job record highlighting all the learning that has taken place (a minimum of 20% of the duration of the apprenticeship, which will be completed through day release at the college).

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