Teaching Assistant Advanced (Apprenticeship Level 3)


A teaching assistant is responsible for supporting teaching and learning in the classroom alongside the delivery of the class teacher. Their role involves supporting the class teacher in the preparation of resources needed to deliver or support a lesson and assisting with children’s learning by supporting on a 1:1 or small group basis as directed by the class teacher. A teaching assistant is also responsible for providing feedback to the class teacher about a child’s learning, understanding and development. A teaching assistant has responsibility for promoting and maintaining the safeguarding of all children and adults in the school.

Entry Requirements

You should hold a Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification to start this apprenticeship or have substantial workplace experience in a primary, secondary or college setting where you have supported children or adults with teaching and learning.

You will need to demonstrate your ability to support children’s learning in English and maths, therefore most schools require you to already hold a Level 2 or equivalent in these areas.

Functional Skills

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 English and maths and taken the exams for level 2 prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. If Level 2 has been achieved then development of further English and maths skills will continue for the whole of the apprenticeship. You will also be required to achieve Functional Skills level 2 in ICT.


The Apprenticeship typically takes 12 to 15 months to complete.


Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship enables learners to:

  • Apply for jobs in schools as a TA/LSA
  • Progress to the Level 4 Advanced Practitioner qualification if you are employed in a school
  • Progress to other courses such as the AQA Intermediate Counselling Skills for Children and Young People
  • Progress to foundation or undergraduate degree (in conjunction with other qualifications)
  • Funding

Levy paying employers may fund apprentices on this programme from their Apprenticeship Account and non-levy paying SMEs through the co-funded option. There may be a small fee for some SME’s.

Apprenticeship Qualifications

  • Level 3 certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

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