Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
About this course

These qualifications for school support staff have been developed in partnership by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and Awarding Organisations.

The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning incorporates mandatory units and requires the candidate to supplement these with credits achieved from a range of specialist units.

What will I learn?

The qualification includes modules including:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Understand child and young person development

Specialist units include:

  • Supporting Learning
  • English as an additional language
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Provided Pastoral Support
  • Supporting the wider work of the school
  • Working with Colleagues

These will be agreed in discussion with your assessor.

Entry requirements

Before a learner begins this qualification, an Initial Assessment is undertaken. This provides the evidence to determine the starting point of learning and assessment. This will include checking if the candidate has the language, literacy, and numeracy skills necessary to achieve the qualification, and this identifies what candidates needs to learn.

These qualifications are not approved for use by candidates under the age of 16, and City and Guilds cannot accept any registrations for candidates in this age group.
Must be employed for 30+ hours a week in order to do this qualification.
Must have at least 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English, or have successfully completed the intermediate apprenticeship.

As part of this apprenticeship you will be required to complete the following:
- Functional Skills in Maths/English and ICT at Level 2.
- ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities)
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Study, assessment and qualifications

For units where competence is being assessed, methods will include:

  • Observation of performance in the work environment by an assessor or witness (including expert witness)
  • Examining products of the learner’s own work
  • Questioning the learner
  • Discussions with the learner
  • Use of others (witness testimony)
  • Looking at learner statements
  • Recognised prior learning

For units where knowledge only is being assessed, methods will include:

  • Oral and written questions
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Recognised prior learning

20% off the job training is now required for all apprenticeships. This can be a joint responsibility of employer and college assessors.

Additional costs and information

Qualification takes 15 months to complete.

What could I do next?

Learners who complete this apprenticeship can progress into a Work-based degree or into employment.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.