Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant Level 3

A Children and Young People's Workforce Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

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.

Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.

To be eligible – employees must:

  • Be aged 16 years or older
  • Have been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years prior to commencing your apprenticeship
  • Be employed in England and have a Contract of Employment
  • Work for at least 30 hours per week
  • Not currently enrolled onto any other apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme
  • Meet a minimum level of English and Maths skills in order to undertake this course

Training is arranged to suit you:

Training takes on average 18 months to complete, however this can be shorter dependent upon whether you have any recognition of prior learning (RPL) or unit/credit exemptions. We will discuss this with you at enrolment.

Programme Structure

The apprenticeship is made up of the following components:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant (Non-Mandatory)
  • Functional Skills (Level 2) English & Maths

Training Covers


  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop

  • Technology

  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning

  • Curriculum

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education

  • Skills

  • Developing strategies for support

  • Communication and team work

  • Working with teachers to accurately assess

  • Using technology

  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils


  • Building relationships/ embracing change

  • Adding value to education

  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Professional standards and personal accountability

  • Team working, collaboration/ engagement

  • Functional Skills (Level 2) English & Maths

Assessment Practice

Regular evaluation sessions with managers and trainers will allow apprentices to practice end assessment activities such as practical observations, Q&A sessions, reviewing the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence and a series of professional discussions. To prepare for a final end point assessment apprentices will be asked to complete a number of activities in-between visits to build confidence and competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours areas.

End Point Assessment

Apprentices access End Point Assessment following a gateway discussion with their employer and trainer where entry requirements are discussed, checked and recorded including functional skills at the required level. The End Point Assessment will include the following types of assessment:

  • Practical Observation
  • Professional Discussion

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