Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant Course information

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate

The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are supervised.

Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities and who may be working unsupervised. Unit selection and resources are focused on Secondary School operations.

Full Apprenticeship Length  

18 months to complete

Main Aim

Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 2 Certificate

Specialist Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3 Diploma

Areas of Learning

  • Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Support Children’s Speech, Language and Communication
  • Support Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Support Children and Young Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development Needs 
  • Support Disabled Children and Young People and Those with Special Educational Needs
  • Support Individuals to Meet Personal Care Needs
  • Support Learners with Cognition and Learning Needs
  • Support Learners with Communication and Interaction Needs
  • Support Learners with Sensory and/or Physical Needs
  • Promote the Wellbeing and Resilience of Children and Young People
  • Assist in the Administration of Medication

Additional Learning

Functional skills English, ICT & Math's

PLTS (Personal Learning & Thinking Skills)

ERR 1 (Employer Rights & Regulations Booklet)

All students enrolled on a course with Expanse Learning will receive access to our online student community (One File, BKSB & Me Learning) where they can submit work, contact their assessor, interact with other students and complete additional CPD activities.

Off -the -Job Training

Expanse Learning’s off the job training will include –

  • Training days that complement the qualification
  • On-line learning courses
  • Specific training identified by the student/school

What students can expect to learn?

This course incorporates mandatory units which include: child and young person development, safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. You will also get the opportunity to study modules which are of particular interest to you or support your chosen career path.

How will the course be assessed?

All units are internally assessed. Methods of assessment may include: witness statements, observations, assignments, reflective accounts and working online.

All students will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their assessor throughout the course.

What qualification will be awarded on completion of the course?

Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate

Specialist Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma  

Benefits of the qualification  

  • Engage in learning that is relevant which will provide opportunities to develop a range of new skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • Achieve a nationally recognised, vocationally-related qualification
  • Progress to employment in a vocational sector
  • Progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications

Entry requirements?

GCSE Grade A-C English Language or equivalent. However, if you do not already have this you may still be able to join the course but you must sit a diagnostic test to demonstrate you are working at Level 2. You will need basic IT knowledge as all work is assessed online.

Progression after this course?

This qualification will enable an individual to work as a Level 2 or 3 qualified Teaching Assistant in an education training setting (if they have GCSE grade A-C English Language or equivalent).

Continuing Professional Development

There are 4 areas of need as set out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014 and they are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs