Level 3 Teaching Assistant | Furness College
Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Course Content

The apprenticeship will cover a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours all of which will assist the student in their day to day work duties. These will include:

  • Knowledge elements include – technology, curriculum, Keeping children safe in education, Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning, Understanding how pupils learn and develop
  • Skills elements include - Developing strategies for support, Communication and team work, Working with teachers to accurately assess, Using technology, Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils
  • Behaviour elements include - Building relationships/ embracing change, Adding value to education, Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, Professional standards and personal accountability, Team working, collaboration/ engagement

What qualification will I achieve?

  • Successful apprentices on completion, will achieve the Teaching Assistant Level 3 apprenticeship standard.
  • Functional skills in Maths and English would be achieved if the apprentices does not already hold the required qualification at the time of starting the apprenticeship standard.

How long is the course?

  • This apprenticeship will typically take 18 months to complete.

How will I learn?

  • The apprenticeship will largely take place at the site of the employer, using day to day working activities to underpin knowledge that is learnt. A portion of the apprenticeship will take place at Furness College through classroom based learning. This is likely to be as part of a day release from the employer although each sector has differing delivery structure and this will be discussed with the employer and apprentice.

What subjects will I study?

Level 2 units include: Child and young person development, safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, Communication and professional relationships, equality diversity and inclusion, improve own and team practice, maintain and support relationships, support health and safety, support positive behaviour and support learning activities. Level 3 units include: Communication and professional relationships, schools as organisations, support learning activities, promote positive behaviour, develop positive relationships, promote equality diversity and inclusion, support assessment for learning, understand child and young person development, understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people, support health and safety and engage in personal development.

How will I be assessed?

  • At the end of the apprenticeship students will be expected to take part in an end point assessment. The End-point Assessment will assess how an apprentice can apply their skills, knowledge and behaviours acquired in their apprenticeship, through the two assessments carried out at the end of the apprenticeship.
  •  Practical observation with questions and answers – a 2 hour practical observation with a 15 minute question and answer session at the end of the observation.
  • Professional Discussion – assessed by an Independent Assessor, this discussion will consist of questions that clarify and probe the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours based on the portfolio of evidence developed by the apprentice. Throughout the apprenticeship, students will also build up a portfolio of work for discussion, which will compromise of evidence produced in the work place to show the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no specific extra costs, just stationery for study.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
  • Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Can I get more information?

If you would like to discuss any aspects of this course please call us on 01229 825017, email info@furness.ac.uk or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


Typical job roles

  • This apprenticeship is aimed at people currently in the below role or seeking employment in the below roles.
  • Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Specialist Support Assistant and Support for Specialist Curriculum Areas

What opportunities will this lead to?

Progression comes in a variety of ways after achieving the apprenticeship, which are:

•Progression onto HE Learning

• Progression onto Higher Apprenticeship levels

• The potential for advancement in their job role

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