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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

As an Apprentice you are paid as you learn. You will go through a structured training programme that teaches all aspects of supporting children in schools, working alongside experienced staff to learn the skills you need. You will complete units of study on all aspects of supporting teaching and learning, health and safety, communication and professional development. You will explore current initiatives and issues regarding supporting learning and learn how to provide the best outcomes for the children in you are working with. 

Course content

This course gives you a full framework of qualifications which will enable you to apply for jobs and lead permanent employment. All the Childcare and Education staff at the College have worked in various childcare and school settings so we have first-hand experience of the job role. We are a supportive and approachable team who want you to succeed and have the best experience of college life. Our Apprenticeship groups are small, which helps in building close relationships with your peers and fosters a ‘working together’ approach.

At our Buxton Campus we have a skills suite where you can practice your practical skills in readiness for the workplace. We also have the latest classroom technology to support your learning and you will have access to all the facilities and services at the University of Derby, which we are part of. The Childcare department also arrange visits and trips to an outdoor forest school and the Nursery World Show. The majority of our Apprentice students are now working in school settings. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have a contract of employment in a school setting, be over 16 and would like to combine practical experience with classroom study. You should have a good level maths, ICT and English before you start the course and you will have to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills before completing the course, unless exempt due to previous experience and qualifications. You will also need to provide the name of at least one person to give you a character reference and undertake a satisfactory DBS check. 


You will build a portfolio of evidence to meet the course criteria. This evidence can be from reflective accounts of your experience in the workplace, written work, observation by your assessor and witness statements from your work supervisor. There are no exams for this qualification. 

Future opportunities

This course can lead onto a Foundation Degree in a similar subject area or employment as a Teaching Assistant or Special Needs Teaching Assistant. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2016
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