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Support Teaching

Key Info:

Working in education is rewarding, challenging and exciting. Teachers aren't the only ones who make a difference to learning as teaching assistants also play a vital role in providing developmental and emotional support.  

Teaching assistants work closely with teachers, carrying out duties to include lesson preparation, working with small groups or individuals, helping with school outings or reading to the class. There may also be the opportunity to specialise in certain areas of the curriculum.

Who is this qualification for?

 Level 3 is designed for those new to support teaching, or already in a support teaching role and looking to build on their existing skills and knowledge. 

What are the entry requirements?

In order to start a support teaching qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week.  If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience. 

Personal qualities required to work in this sector

If you’re already working as a teaching assistant, chances are you will possess many of the personal qualities required for this role. The nature of the work means that teaching assistants must have excellent people skills with the ability to communicate with a range of different age groups. 

Creativity and enthusiasm, whilst remaining patient, mature and professional are often requirements, which demonstrate the diversity that comes with being a teaching assistant. Good organisational skills are essential in order to cope with the elements of multi-tasking often involved.

Qualification information & content

How long will it take to complete?

At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.

How will the qualifications be achieved?

Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.


Apprenticeships offer candidates a full package of qualifications known as a standard. In addition to the diploma, all candidates are required to work towards maths, English.

Apprenticeship Standard

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Progression Opportunities

Achieving a level 3 qualification will open up your doors further. You may be able to access a foundation degree with a view to progressing onto a degree in primary teaching whilst remaining employed at your school.

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