The College of West Anglia
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Apprenticeship (Advanced)- Level 3


This apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren't the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today's classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs The Advanced Level Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You'll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. You role could include:

Teaching/Classroom/Learning support Assistant
Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator
Pastoral/Welfare Support Assistant
Bilingual Support Assistant
Team Leader

Optional units will be chosen to match the individuals job role. In addition they will acquire the skills and confidence to work more effectively and efficiently in your setting.

In order to achieve the full certificate, apprentices must achieve a total of 44 credits of the level 3 diploma and a further 15 credits through functional skills. Mandatory units include Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults, Promote children and young peoples positive behaviour, Support learning activities, Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young peoples settings.


OCR Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Functional Skills - English (Level 2), Maths (Level 2) and ICT (Level 2) Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)


An interview is required. You will be assessed for your potential to achieve the apprenticeship. The assessment will depend upon the level and range of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace. You may need to undergo an initial assessment of your English and Maths skills in which you are required to be working at/towards, at least, Level 2 in English and Maths. Ideally you will have completed your level 2 in supporting teaching and learning. Preferably, applicants will hold GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and Maths. At the start of your apprenticeship you will need to be employed by a suitable and appropriate employer for at least 30 hours a week. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years, not have a level 4 or higher qualification and not be on any other government funded training programme. Commitment and motivation are also necessary to complete the course.


The OCR Level 3 Diploma will be delivered in the workplace, using an electronic portfolio of evidence, observations, statements and question & answer sessions. Functional Skills will be delivered in localised training hubs in order to prepare learners for examinations. ERR will be assessed by completion of a workbook. PLTS will be evidenced through work and learning activities and completion of a workbook.


This course is available from 02/09/2019 at Workplace
This course can be started at any point throughout the year, as agreed with your employer.
Vocational qualifications are delivered in the workplace. Functional Skills delivered in localised training hubs.


15 Months


Fees for apprenticeships are payable by the employer. The government has recently made changes to how to funding for apprenticeships, depending on whether or not your business is a levy payer. for further information, please visit the apprenticeship fees page.