Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3

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As an apprentice, your job role will depend on your employer and the environment they work in as caring for children can occur in a wide variety of settings.

During this apprenticeship you will be supporting the learning and development of children as well as becoming a key worker and planning for individual children’s needs

Course Information

There will be a mixture of theoretical and practical activities to develop
you throughout this course including one-to-one discussions, research tasks,
videos and other interactive activities. You will attend college once a

Assessment will take place via written work submitted on your electronic
portfolio and practical observations carried out by your assessor. Practical
competence will also be observed by your assigned mentor in the work


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those who wish to take their childcare career to the next level.

Units / Modules

As part of this apprenticeship you will study the Teaching and Learning Diploma Level 3.

You will learn about all aspects of children's care and education through theory lessons in your setting with your college assessor.

The units you will study may include:

  • Schools as organisations
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in work 
  • Supporting assessment for learning

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop your functional skills in English and maths ready for the workplace.

Entry Requirements

You must have a good standard of spoken and written English and preferably have grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths.

Applicants without required GCSEs will need to gain a minimum of high Level 1 on an initial assessment test to be considered for Support Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship Level 3.

You will need to demonstrate that you are a responsible person with the skills and qualities needed to care for children and young people and must be employed in an education environment.

Career Progression

Progression may include degree level study or relevant employment.

Course Details


15 - 24 months

Course Code


Course Facts

Labour Market

There were 263,900 full-time teaching assistants employed in 2018.

Extra Curriculum

92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.


The average salary for a qualified teaching assistant is £19,348.

Course FAQs


The apprenticeship national minimum wage is currently £3.90 per hour, however, a number of employers offer more than this for their positions, as they want to attract quality candidates to their company. Every vacancy lists how much the wage is, so be sure to check these carefully to make sure that you are happy with how much the employer is offering.


Yes. You will have the same rights as any other full-time employee of the company. You will need to read your contract when the company issues it to you to find out your terms of employment. This will cover terms surrounding sick pay, holiday and working hours.

Education and Childcare
Leeds City College
Leeds City College