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Teaching Assistant - Level 3


Program Details

This Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is for those who work or want to work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across any age range to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning. Typically you would be employed as a TA. Learning Support Assistants or SEN Support Assistants support groups or individuals to ensure pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Is this right for me?

If you have an interest in working with young people as a Teaching Assistant or in Learning Support, then this Apprenticeship could be for you! Some TAs have a specific area of responsibility. For example, they might be employed to help children with their literacy or numeracy, teach a foreign language or work with pupils who have special educational needs. If you want to earn a wage while you study we can help you secure employment where you will earn a minimum of £6.40 an hour for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade 4/C (or equivalent) in Maths and English by the end of this program. Therefore, if you do not already hold a grade 4/C in these subjects, you will be required to carry out a short Maths and English Assessment to see if we are able to offer you Functional Skills support to reach a Level 2 (grade C/4 equivalent).

Training Delivery

You will enjoy a blended learning experience through live Tutor- led classroom sessions via Zoom, 2 days a month (every other week). This is supported by 1-2-1 visits from your tutor.

North Cumbria Learners are offered face to face lessons every other week from our Carlisle training centre.

You will also complete online learning modules via our bespoke interactive learning technology platform OLLIE.

Course Content

This apprenticeship is designed to develop the your knowledge, skills and behaviours (K.S.B) in order to successfully complete an EPA (End Point Assessment).

Opposite you will see a breakdown of the K.S.B the learner will be exposed to in this apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Details

The course content includes a range of topics which make up the variety of knowledge, skills and behaviours of what makes for a highly competent and professional TA. By acquiring these elements you will graduate the apprenticeship a fully competent and well trained Teaching Assistant.

Developing strategies for support
Communication and team work
Working with Teachers to accurately assess pupils
Using technology effectively in the classroom
Problem solving and the ability to motivate pupils

Understanding how pupils learn
Recognise how use of technology supports learning
Understand the support and assessment for learning
Gain a knowledge of the curriculum
Understand the importance of keeping children safe

Building relationships and embracing change
Adding value to education by supporting students
Promoting equality and diversity and inclusion
Demonstrating a professional approach to work
Teamworking collaboration and engagement

Why learn with us?

Once accepted on your chosen course, we will share your details with various employers who are seeking apprentice candidates within the local area. We have excellent connections with local employers and will help you find the best job for you!

System People were also voted “Best Training Provider” as voted by the Golden Apple Awards 2019, because our dedication to our students, selection, training, and assessment of learners. You will be assigned a fantastic well experienced and approachable Tutor who will support yo for the duration.

In 2021, we received our first – positive – Ofsted inspection report, which was a huge achievement given the strains of remote working and the pandemic.

In addition to the above, we use OLLIE – a cutting edge virtual learning platform to optimise our apprentices’ learning from any remote location, where our specialist tutors are able to log on and check your progress.

Learner Journey

The TA Apprenticeship typically takes between 14 to 20 months to complete. The programme includes 12 – 18 months of “on-programme learning” followed by assessment for Gateway. The programme is individualised, allowing the more advanced learners to complete in a shorter period of time. You will be provided with a clear scheme of work which will set out the scheduled classroom and online sessions, 1-2-1 reviews, Tutor observations and mock End Point Assessments. Using OLLIE, our online learning tool, allows you to prepare for and gain knowledge of topics prior to live classroom delivery. This virtual learning platform has been specially designed for you and is a fun, interactive tool which clearly measures your success.


When you are ready for Gateway, you must have proof that you hold a
Level 2 in English & maths. If you are engaged in Functional Skills training, this must be completed before EPA can take place. At this stage, the completion of your portfolio of evidence to support the professional discussion must also be completed.

End Point Assessment

The EPA for Teaching Assistant is made up of a practical observation carried out remotely in the workplace of around 2 hours in total with 15 mins of associated questions. There is also a 90 min professional discussion which is supported by a portfolio of evidence(containing a minimum of 10 pieces of evidence) which can used as evidence and support of your responses to those questions.

You will be awarded with either a distinction, pass or fail following EPA. Should you fail one or more of the EPA methods you will be offered the opportunity to take are sit/retake.

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