Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Course length
12 - 18 months


Appropriately trained and deployed staff, supporting teaching and learning in schools, play a crucial role in supporting pupils, parents and colleagues. Employers have helped to design these revised apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff, attract new people to the sector, up-skill the workforce and replace those you leave or retire.

Level 2 applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised. Level 3 is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of: teaching; classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/coordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; and team leader. 

Level 2 Certificate Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification will enable learners to development the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary of special schools. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs and communication and professional relationships.

You will gain:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Employee Right and Responsibilities
  • Maths and English Functional Skills

Level 3 Diploma Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; children with English as an additional language; and children with special needs. Personal development and reflective practice are also included.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (if not already achieved on Level 2)
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Throughout your training your tutor will guide you through assessments both in the workplace and at College. You will have practical assessments, online tests and assignments.

Your personal assessor will visit you regularly in the workplace (or are happy to see you more often if you need extra help). They will assist you throughout your training to help you achieve your qualification.

Apprentices may need to attend college to gain additional skills but this will be discussed with you and your employer.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

You will need to be 16 and over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role, or we can help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2.

For Level 2 you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

You will also be required to attend a college interview.

If you have experience of working in the industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject.

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become a childcare and early learning apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

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