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Teaching Assistant Level 3

Apprenticeship Standard


Teaching Assistants work in primary, special and secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. A teaching assistant will:

  • Primarily 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.
  • Promote self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem play an integral part of pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
  • Act as a good role model to their students and act with honesty and integrity.


  • No teaching sessions or assignments during the school summer holidays.
  • Essential Prevent training is included in the apprenticeship programme.
  • If you’re in a relevant role, you can also receive an accredited SEND qualification.


The Teaching Assistant Level 3 apprenticeship standard provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to become certified teaching professionals. Our course is expertly tailored to the job role of a Teaching Assistant and will teach you:

  • The skills required to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning.
  • How to take an active role in supporting the learner to access the curriculum, take part in team meetings, and contribute to planning and class activities.
  • The knowledge to create a concrete platform for professional development within the education sector.

Course duration:

16 months

Suitable for:

Teaching Assistant

Learning Support Assistant

Specialist Support Assistant

Awarding body:


Course fee:


Our training courses are either funded by the Government or by employers, depending on the size of the company. Learners are not required to contribute towards the cost of training in any way.


The Teaching Assistant Level 3 course is delivered over 16 months. At the end of month 13, we allow a three-month period for learners to prepare for and sit their End Point Assessment.


All our tutors have an employment background in teaching and real-world exposure to the teaching assistant job role requirements. As a business, we invest heavily in CPD and our tutors receive regular training to ensure we are continually improving our service. Our tutors are all certified, DBS checked and quality checked to ensure you receive the very best training and support throughout the programme.


During the Teaching Assistant Level 3 course, you can also complete an additional SEND qualification as part of your on-programme learning:

The Skillsfirst Level 3 Award in the Principles of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (RFQ)

This qualification will teach you essential skills to improve your provision to children with special educational needs. The level 3 award aims to teach you the necessary knowledge and skills to understand SEND and the process and importance of early intervention in education. This qualification comes at no additional cost and you only need to complete 3 additional lessons to achieve the qualification, 1 tutor-led and 2 self-directed. 

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