Level 3 Teaching Assistant
About this course

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Teaching Assistants are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings, contribute to planning and class activities also. They also have the role of promoting British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development. 

What will I learn?

The knowledge learners will develop whilst completing the qualification are as follows:

  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop
  • Recognise different stages of child development through school
  • Recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • An appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context you are working in
  • Understand the importance of sharing relevant information, in a timely manner with the designated Safeguarding lead

The skills the learner will accumulate while completing the course are as follows:

  • Developing strategies for support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning
  • Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy.
  • Work closely with teachers to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching
  • Support pupil’s well-being whilst embedding the importance of online safety.
  • Use specific feedback to help pupils make progress
  • Use relevant technology competently and effectively to improve learning
Entry requirements

Upon application, an initial assessment will need to be completed by the applicant to determine if this level of study is appropriate to them.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. 

In order to complete this qualification, apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. This will be explained to you in more detail upon application by your assessor.

Additional costs and information

The minimum length of time to complete this course is 18 months.

What could I do next?

Any queries about progression upon completion of this course can be discussed with the assessor.

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.