Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3

Overview (NV)

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3

Course duration
Up to 18 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 and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting ‘fundamental British values’ through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours is crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Who is it suitable for?

The Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard is suitable for employees in a range of roles, including:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Learning support workers
  • SEND learning support workers
  • Post-16 academic support workers

Course content

You will be required to demonstrate your knowledge in several areas, including: 

  • Communication l Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding l Professional Relationships
  • Schools as Organisations l Behaviour Management
  • Improving Practice l Equality and Diversity
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Child and Young Person Development

There are many modules which will be covered, but aspects of knowledge and skills will be taught across the course. You will be assigned an assessor, who will coach and mentor you through the apprenticeship.

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

You will be required to attend university one day every two weeks. It is essential that you attend the scheduled teaching sessions. This will include a 5-8pm session. You will also have assessments in practice to prepare you for the apprenticeship end-point assessment.

You will undertake many assessments, including knowledge elements, for example, understanding how pupils learn and develop, working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning, keeping children safe in education, developing strategies for support, building relationships and embracing change, promoting equality, and diversity and inclusion. 

End-point assessment

Within this apprenticeship, you will need to undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) which consists of two distinct assessment methods:

1. Practical observation with questions and answers

2. Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence 

Performance in the EPA will determine your overall apprenticeship grade i.e. distinction, pass or fail.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Maths and English, grade 4/5 (grade C) or above

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English
  • As an apprentice, you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting your qualification. Your employer and UCB can give advice on this
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

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.

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB can provide information, advice and guidance in order to apply for suitable vacancies. If you are in work and want to take up the apprenticeship programme, we can advise you and your employer on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

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

By email: apprenticeships@ucb.ac.uk