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Teaching Assistant – Level 3 Apprenticeship


Level 3

Type of study





18-24 months

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Five GCSEs at 9–3/A*–D (Including English and Maths). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.


A Teaching Assistance will need to understand how pupils learn and develop, work with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning, keep Children Safe in Education, develop strategies for support, communicate and work as part of a team, work with teachers to accurately assess, use technology, problem solve and have the ability to motivate pupils.


Apprentices must meet the knowledge, skills, and behaviours as defined within the standard. All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to assess their ability and competence in their job role.


As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.