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Teaching Assistant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This Advanced apprenticeship is designed to increase your skills and knowledge in your role of supporting pupils’ learning, whether you’re a teaching assistant, a learning support assistant or a special needs assistant. It is particularly suitable if you have significant experience as supporting teachers in schools and are looking to go into something more specialised, perhaps in administration, learning support or management. The course will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-5, including English and maths, or equivalent.

Other requirements: You must be willing to undergo a compulsory Disclosure and Barring
Services (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations including types of schools, policies and procedures and the wider environment in which they operate
  • Team working
  • Preparing for and supervising learning activities and supporting learners to complete work set by the teacher 
  • Personal development and reflective practice

Assessment methods

As the apprenticeship progresses you will be assessed in a number of different ways, including practical demonstrations, observations in the workplace and exams for functional skills.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma


  • Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools CACHE Level 3 Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Equality & Diversity NCFE Level 2 Certificate
  • Paediatric First Aid Level 2 Award
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • English, Maths and ICT qualifications if required.

Further study and career options

Further study: Upon completion of this apprenticeship you may wish to continue your studies at a higher level; for example a Foundation Degree for teaching assistants or supporting teaching and learning.

Future careers: You could pursue full-time employment as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant or learning support assistant and work your way up with your newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Additional information

Acceptance will be subject to interview by the apprenticeship team and following results of skills assessment for Functional Skills ability and occupational aptitude.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12-15 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1297

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.