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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at City College Plymouth

Course description

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. They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs. 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 and handle day-to-day classroom activities – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class. 

Course content

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. You will need to achieve a set number of credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. The optional units will be decided in negotiation with your assessor based on your job role within your organisation. Units will include:

  • support learning activities
  • help improve own and team practice in school
  • safeguarding
  • equality, diversity and inclusion in working with children and young people
  • functional skills - maths, literacy and ICT
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self management and effective participation.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this course will be determined through interview with the Work-based Learning Department and vocational assessment carried out by the Childcare team at City College Plymouth. 


Certificate: continuous assessment both on and off the job to record your practical skills and knowledge. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Plymouth directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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