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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

Is suitable for learners working in roles that support pupils learning including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

Entry requirements

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job role and have 3 GCSEs A*D (including English and Maths), or an equivalent level qualification.

However, the following examples of relevant skills and attributes are offered as guidance to inform the recruitment and selection process:

  • an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people
  • some experience of working with children and young people
  • ability to relate well to children, young people and adults
  • motivated to succeed within the job
  • willing to reflect on their own practice, learn, and apply that learning in the workplace
  • willing to work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with a range of people
  • numerate and literate
  • willing to undergo a compulsory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check for suitability for working with children and young people.


It is unlikely that individuals with no, or limited experience within the sector would commence on an Advanced Apprenticeship.


Assessments and practical demonstrations Observations in the workplace Exams for functional skills Underpinning knowledge.

Future opportunities

On completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, progression opportunities include:

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools for those who have the potential and opportunity to work at this level
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of pupils in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 qualifications in Children's Care, Learning and Development, Play work or Youth work for those wishing to transfer to other areas working with children and young people.


Potential job roles:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant.

Further information

Acceptance will be subject to interview by the apprenticeship team and following results of skills assessment for Functional skills ability and occupational aptitude.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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