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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma at Chelmsford College

Course description

Appropriately trained and deployed staff, supporting teaching and learning in schools play a crucial role in supporting pupils, parents and colleagues. Employers have helped to design these Apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff in schools, attract new people to the sector, upskill the workforce and replace those who leave or retire.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to Learning Support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant.

You will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. You will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities as well as working on your own with individual or groups of pupils. Job titles may include teaching assistant, classroom assistant, and learning support assistant

Entry requirements

You must have GCSEs grade A* -C in Maths, English and Science


You will be required to attend College 1 day a week on a weekly basis for the duration of your Apprenticeship. All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assesssed and monitored in the work place.

Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consists of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your Tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organisation when you complete your qualifications.

On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks. Formal reviews of your progress take place every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship.

If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific Mathematics, ICT and English classes. In addition, you may need to attend College for work shops or master classes for some units of your qualification.

All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.

Financial information

If you are over the age of 19 your employer will need to make a contribution to the cost of your training. This discussion will take place between the employer and Employer Engagement Adviser. You should work with your employer to establish what uniform and tools/equipment you will need to work effectively. Your employer will typically obtain these for you but you may need or want to purchase items for yourself. With regards to your training, you will be provided with a log book for your qualification. You may wish to obtain additional text books, folders and stationery. We recommend that you purchase an A4 Lever Arch file and dividers. When attending College you will be expected to cover the costs of any transport to and from College. Finally - you may also have an opportunity to attend optional trips and visits which you may need to pay for.

Future opportunities

Possible job roles:

Teaching Assistant

Classroom Assistant

Learning Support Assistant

Possible Progression opportunities:

Higher Education

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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