Level 3 - Teaching Assistant

The broad purpose of the occupation is to support the class teacher to enhance learners’ progress and development either in groups or individually. Teaching Assistants ensure that learners understand their work, know their learning objectives, and display positive learning behaviours in order to make progress. They deliver individual and small group teaching and apply a range of strategies to support learners of different abilities under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher. Teaching Assistants may support learners with special educational needs and disabilities and learners with social, emotional, and mental health vulnerabilities.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation may interact with all learners. This includes but is not limited to high attaining, SEND, EAL, and disadvantaged learners. Teaching Assistants will also work in partnership with teachers and other professionals within the school and education system, as well as with learners’ parents or carers. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for delivering individual and small group teaching and adapting planning under the direction of a teacher; implementing safeguarding policies and safe practice; working effectively with other education professionals; promoting positive learning behaviours; and supporting the development of a safe and stimulating learning environment. They will work within a framework of national legislation regarding safeguarding, and within the policies and procedures of their individual education organisations.

Course Information

To be able to gain a satisfactory Data Barring Service (DBS)

Grade C/4 in English and Maths, however, if you haven't achieved these, you can access the Functional Skills Level 2 alongside your apprenticeship

The EPA consists of:

The two assessment methods are:

  • Assessment 1 – Practical observation with questions and answers
  • Assessment 2 – Professional discussion supported by your portfolio of evidence

The EPA typically takes place within one to two months of you completing the training

programme, although a maximum of three months is allowed.

The programme is delivered over 15 months through a blended learning approach that includes

monthly face to face visits (more if additional support is required), along with independent learning through online materials and coursework.


Modules include:

The core modules taught whilst on the course are:

  • Understanding how pupils learn
  • Using technology to support learning
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping children safe

With support modules that include:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Behaviour
  • One-to-one and small group teaching

On successful completion, apprentices will be eligible for the following roles:

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this programme provides

a foundation for potential progression into several career paths in the educational sector


  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant,
  • Assistant Teacher and Teacher.
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