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OCR Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF) at Training and Recruitment Partnership Limited

Course description

Teaching assistants (TAs) usually work with a teacher in their classroom, making sure pupils get the most out of lessons (eg, by helping them find their way around a computer).

The teaching assistant takes on tasks that allow the teacher to concentrate on teaching (eg, by preparing the classroom for lessons and clearing up afterwards). To support pupils with particular individual needs, some teaching assistants work one-to-one, while others work in small groups.

You may be employed as a teaching assistants within a specilist field with particular specialisms, including literacy, numeracy, Special Educational Needs (SEN), music, creative arts and bilingual TAs (where the first language of significant numbers of children is not English).

Experienced and specially-trained teaching assistants can be expected to supervise a class for a teacher who is off sick or undertaking training. While every class must be allocated a qualified teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) would be expected occasionally to lead a lesson.

Teaching assistants must be trained to a level matching their responsibilities. It's up to local education authorities and individual schools to decide on exactly what qualifications and experience they expect from someone applying for a teaching assistant post.

Course content

There are a number of routes for you to progress within this apprenticeship programme.

You will normally work through mandatory units, this is the work you must do and optional units tailored to suit your job.

In addition to the practical tasks of the apprenticeship you will also need to complete a technical theory element. This covers your knowledge and understanding of your job role and the industry you are working in.

You may also need to study:

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy

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Entry requirements

To work effectively in this industry and successfully complete the apprenticeship programe you need to demonstrate: 

Good reading, writing and numeracy skills

An interest in developing your skills and have a reasonable standard of ICT.

You will need to be employed within this sector and your apprenticeship programme will need to match the requirements of your job role.


Your knowledge and skills will be assessed against a set of performance standards. These standards are called learning outcomes. Your assessor will guide you through the programme and help you to gather evidence and develop your skills to assist you to prove your competency within your job role.

From time to time you may need to visit either a college or test centre to complete the theory and other specialist training elements of your apprenticeship programme.


Future opportunities

You will gain valuable skills and knowledge to help you progress within your career, see our website: for the latest industry updates.

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Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Training and Recruitment Partnership Limited directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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