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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

This apprenticeship trains you to provide support in the classroom in a school, college, higher education establishment or out in community based education. You will work closely with teachers, carrying out duties like lesson preparation, and working with small groups or individuals.

Course content

As an apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons but could include:

• supervising arts and crafts activities

• helping with outings

• reading to the class

You will contribute to preparing the classroom for learning activities and work with groups of, and individual pupils, who require extra support.

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.

Intermediate level apprenticeship You could train in roles like:

• teaching assistant

• classroom assistant

• learning support assistant

Advanced level apprenticeship You could train in roles like:

• teaching/classroom/learning support assistant

• behavior support assistant/coordinator

• pastoral/welfare support assistant • bilingual support assistant

• team leader


Will this suit me? You must be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools. You should have attention to detail, and be willing to work in a team environment whilst also being willing to work using your own initiative when required. You will be subject to a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Entry requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship level 2

4 GCSEs with a minimum grade 3/ D including English Language and Maths

Advanced Apprenticeship level 3

4 GCSEs with a minimum grade 4/C including English Language and Maths.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead? The advanced level apprenticeship could lead to further training on a foundation degree. You could progress to employment within a primary, special or secondary school. Opportunities also exist to move into other roles across the wider children's workforce e.g. child care, play work or youth work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: CWATA1