Accessibility links

Childcare/Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons.

They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs.

As an Apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You will work alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, as well as with individuals or with groups of students. It’s a good stepping-stone to a foundation degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant training.

Entry requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.


Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Future opportunities

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Care Worker / Assistant
  • Early Years Worker / Assistant
  • Assistant Youth Support and Community Worker
  • Assistant Playworker
  • Play Centre Assistant

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Teaching / Classroom / Learning Support Assistant
  • Behaviour Support Assistant / Coordinator
  • Pastoral / Welfare Support Assistant
  • Bilingual Support Assstant
  • Team Leader
  • Nursery Worker / Supervisor
  • Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Senior Playworker

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
Provider logo

Key information