Advanced Apprenticeship in Education Support (Level 3)

This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren't the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today's classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You'll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students.

Course Content

  • Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 3)
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2) (if required)
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2) (if required)


Mandatory units include:

  • Communication and Professional Relationships
  • Engage in Personal Development
  • Promote Positive Behaviour
  • Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Support Health and Safety
  • Support Learning Activities
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

In addition you will select from a wide range of optional units to tailor the Apprenticeship to the requirements of your company, such as:

  • Provide Literacy and Numeracy Support
  • Support Bilingual Learners
  • Support Learners with Sensory and/or Physical Needs
  • Improving the Attendance Statutory Education
  • Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work of a Team
  • Lead an Extra-curricular Activity

Entry Requirements

  • To be over 16 years of age
  • To have secured employment in an appropriate role within the sector - If you don't have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies via Apprenticeship Vacancies Online (AVOL).
  • To complete the the setting induction procedure

Progression Opportunities

  • Relevant Foundation/Honours Degree

Job roles including:

  • Teaching/Classroom/Learning Support Assistant
  • Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator
  • Welfare Support Assistant
  • Team Leader

Next Steps

Key Facts



Course Duration:

12 - 18 Months