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Supporting Teaching & Learning Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you vital hands-on experience, learning from real life situations, with the guidance of industry professionals. You’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in your chosen career.

A Supporting Teaching & Learning Apprenticeship is a reliable way to take your initial step in to the schools and childcare sectors. Training to be a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant will give you first-hand insight into the workings of the classroom.

So if you’re a compassionate, creative and dedicated individual who wants to be involved with the development of children and young people, an Apprenticeship could be the way to go. Shadowing a teacher, you’ll be involved in all aspects of classroom life, from play activities to reading groups to class trips. And at the end of the course you’ll be ready to find employment or continue onto a foundation degree for teaching assistants.

The course is a great way to build on your skills and gain a recognised qualification whilst also earning a salary.

Course content

The course content will vary according to the needs and styles of the employer. Typical activities may include:

  • General Support to the Class Teacher in the Management & Organisation of Pupil & the Classroom
  • Support Pupils with Special Educational Needs through the Delivery of Specific Learning Programmes & to Contribute to Setting Individual Education Plan (IEP) Targets and IEP Reviews.
  • Help Adapt & Plan the Development of Resources Necessary to Lead Learning Activities, Taking into Account Pupil’s Interests, Language and Cultural Backgrounds.

Once accepted on to the Apprenticeship, you will attend College monthly, with additional Functional Skills classes as required. Most of your training will be completed during your job.

One the Level 3 Apprenticeship, you will take on additional responsibilities to that of a Level 2 role.

Entry requirements

You will need a Level 2 and/or a thorough knowledge of your chosen sector.

To complete an Apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to support you throughout your training. If you have not found one, we can help you with your search.

We’d like to see a proven track record of very good attendance at work/school, along with a good reference from school/a previous employer. We also ask that you have a satisfactory level of English and maths.


You’ll be assessed throughout your learning programme by a mixture of formal tests, workplace observations, portfolio building and self-assessment.

Financial information

If you are aged 16 to 18, 100% of your Apprenticeship’s training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information please visit

Alternatively you can contact Bolton College by calling 01204 482 181/195 or by emailing

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, you could progress onto full-time employment, professional job-specific qualifications, Higher Apprenticeships or a degree programme.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Teaching Assistant where you could earn between £13,000 and £18,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Primary School Teacher, earning between £22,500 to £66,750 a year, depending on experience and responsibilities.
  • A Skills for Life Teacher, earning between £19,000 and £27,000 per year.

Further information


The College will support you throughout your time here. In College, you will receive personal support from your tutor; out of College, you will have your own personal Work Based Tutor, who will visit you in the workplace.

During their last visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career.”

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; on our last inspection we were graded 2 for Good. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm – 7pm

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 December 2018
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