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Advanced Apprenticeship - Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma at County Training - Shropshire Council

Course description

This course is available to learners aged 16+ who are interested in working within a school as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant or learning support assistant. The aims of the course are to enable students to understand the roles and responsibilities to those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively in a self-directed way. It prepares students to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning. It seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

This is work-based qualifications, so you will be learning through on-the-job practical training, providing you with the relevant skills and experience in order to continually progress your career.

Course content

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and Information technology
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Before you can start this course, you will need to have a relevant paid work placement of at least 30 hours per week. There may be existing placements available or County Training can provide you with support to find a placement. This may be through an interview, some support with writing applications or preparing a CV, or even through work-experience placements.


Before your course starts you will meet with your manager at work and your assessor to discuss which units of the qualification you will be working towards. These will be based on the kind of job role and day-to-day tasks you will be doing. Your assessor will then visit you on a regular basis to help collect evidence of the skills and knowledge you are gaining through one-to-one discussions, observations at work and witness testimonies from your manager – all of these activities will help you to build a portfolio demonstrating your ability for this area of work.

Financial information

The cost will be dependent on individual circumstances. There may be funding available to cover training costs.

For 16-18 year olds undertakin an Apprenticeship, training will be fully provided. A contribution of £250/£350 may be required for individuals aged 19 and over depending on existing qualifications held.

Future opportunities

After completing the Advanced Apprenticeship you may wish to access a foundation degree with a view to progressing onto a degree in primary teaching whilst remaining employed at your school.

Further information

Workshops take place from 9.30am - 2.30pm on a Tuesday at: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG. All candidates will attend a total of 20 workshops.

Any person currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship is entitled to access a programme of 6 management courses free!

Courses are available in the following areas:

  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Change
  • Team Leading
  • Motivation
  • Mentoring
  • Communication

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact County Training - Shropshire Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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