Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 3 Hele Building Up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This apprenticeship has been designed specifically for people working in a school and supporting children’s learning. The main qualification is designed for apprentices who have some prior experience or have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship or equivalent. The work role will involve contributing to planning learning activities and promoting the needs of individuals. It is ideal for those looking to progress from working as a general teaching assistant role to a more specialist role. In addition you will study employer rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills.

This is a course which lasts two years. You will attend college for one day a week to cover the underpinning knowledge and complete your functional skills. Your tutor will set assignments to assess the underpinning knowledge and there will be examinations for functional skills. Your assessor will arrange to see you in your work place to assess your competence. An online portfolio system is used which is accessible to you 24/7.

What topics will I study?

There are 10 mandatory units which cover various aspects of your job role including supporting learning, safeguarding and schools as organisations. You will also be able to choose a number of optional units which specially relate to your job role.

What experiences will I get?

You will spend 4 days a week in your work setting.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

You need patience, understanding, and a strong desire to work with people and good communication skills. You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for your employer.

What facilities are there?

  • Tutorial and assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources
  • You will have access to a learning resource centre

What can the course lead on to?

Once you have completed this course you may be eligible to work towards a Foundation Degree in Learning Support. You may also consider working towards HLTA status. 

Are there any additional costs?

You can purchase a text book costing approximately £20.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.

What do our students think?

I've learnt a lot through this course and have greatly extended my knowledge in problem solving and communicating with and working with children and young people.  It has also helped develop confidence in my own abilities and it is this confidence and knowledge that I have gained which has enhanced and strengthened my skills in teaching and assisting with children, including on a one-to-one basis."

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