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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship


The level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship offers an opportunity for new practitioners as well as those already working as a teaching assistant to further develop their career pathway.

Course code: 630

Duration: 18 Months Study

Level: 3

Who can apply?

The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is open to practitioners who are seeking to use their organisation's apprenticeship levy to fund their training

This apprenticeship does not have any specific entry requirements, but learners must be 16 years of age (or older) and have access to a suitable setting for at least 12 hours per week.  This can be in a primary, secondary or special school and may be a paid or voluntary position.  Although it is not an entry requirement, apprenticeships at this level require a minimum of English and Maths at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade 4-9 or A*-C).  If you do not have these qualifications, we can help you gain the Level 2 requirement during your apprenticeship at no extra charge.

Cohorts will typically be offered at least twice a year.  Our next start date is planned for September 2022.

We anticipate that face-to-face workshops will be held in regional locations across England.  These will be dependent on the location of the applicants to minimise travel for as many as possible.  In order to successfully achieve this apprenticeship, it is essential that you have the support of your line manager.

Please note: Anyone currently undertaking an apprenticeship or other Department for Education funded programme of study will not be eligible to join this apprenticeship until they have completed their current apprenticeship/studies.

See foot of page for the expressions of interest and application links.

Programme details

The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity as you will gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide excellent support in teaching and learning and it is a great way to start your career in education.

The Apprenticeship will typically take around 18 months of practical learning (timescales may vary depending on your weekly contracted hours).  If you work less than 30 hours a week, then your apprenticeship study time will be extended pro rata.

At the end of your studies you will need to complete an end-point assessment (EPA) with an external assessor.  This EPA should take place within a 3-month window after the successful completion of your apprenticeship studies.

The Apprenticeship will include up to 7 one-day face-to-face workshops, up to 4 coach visits at your place of employment, together with online and work-based learning covering a wide range of operational skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours.

You employer must also commit to the mandatory apprenticeship 20% off-the-job training requirement.  However, this can include the face-to-face worklshops, local network meetings and other learning and development activites.  Please refer to the Key Documents section (below) for more information on this.

Programme details

  • Up to 7x regional face-to-face workshops together with online working
  • 18 months duration for studies + attendance at end-point assessment (within a 3 month window)
  • Pro rata extension to study time for those working, on average, less than 30 hours a week
  • 20% off-the-job training time
  • 1:1 support from a coach who will visit your workplace regularly plus telephone/online support
  • Periodic reviews to include your coach and line manager

See the FAQ document (below) for more information.

to register an expression of interest online, please scroll to the application section at the foot of the page.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - What is the cost?

The Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship has been allocated to the funding band of up to £5,000, however the cost of the programme may be reduced slightly depending upon previous experience and qualifications.  See Key Documents (below) for further details.

Providing your organisation pays into the levy, then this apprenticeship should be paid for through the apprenticeship levy process.  as a general guide, 80% of the apprenticeship cost is split into monthly payments to your training provider, with the remaining 20% payable on completion (this is a simplified example of the process); this is normally paid from your organisations digital account (referred to as the DAS account).

Important: You must ensure that your apprenticeship manager or procurement team can confirm that there are sufficient funds available in your organisations levy fund account.

Alternative payment options are available for non-levy paying employers (employer co-investment scheme) - please contact use for more details or see information here.  An updated scheme for non-levy employers was introduced from January 2020.

If you are not sure how to claim funding, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help talk you through the process.

The cost of the apprenticeship does not include registration with TQUK (currently an additional £35, payable separately by the school/employer or participant). [This fee is subject to change]

To register an expression of interest online, please scroll to the section at the foot of this page.

Other considerations

The apprenticeship levy will cover the cost of the training programme but doesn’t cover travel costs, WebEx call charges (sometimes used for online sessions and will depend on your phone provider).  Salaries will not be covered.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification whilst working but please think carefully about your time commitment and how you will manage the day-job.  Your employer must be able to allocate 20% of your working time for off-the-job study/learning; this does include the face-to-face sessions.

There will be deadlines for assignments and attendance at the one-day workshops and coaching sessions are mandatory.  Should you need further information, please contact Serco by calling 01452 341 829 (office hours) or email:

Remember to discuss this opportunity with your line manager who will be required to support you during your studies.  You will also need separate permission or approval from your funding apprenticeship manager (please check this before applying).

Please note: Whilst your learning will be guided, with support from your tutors (at the workshop and online) and your coach, you will be expected to work through the learning materials via Serco's online web platform.

Each unit that you study will have a start date and an end date and you will be given assessment task deadlines to complete within each unit.  Aside from these it will be up to you to determine the pace at which you study and the amount of additional reading and research you do.

This may be a different style of learning to your previous experience and it relies on your own motivation and commitment to succeed; most of the evidence required for your portfolios will be compiled from your workplace or day-to-day role.


Key documents

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - Overview 2021

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - Terms and Conditions

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - FAQ

Guidance Documents

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - Guidance for Line Managers

To register and expression of interest online, please scroll to the section below.

Complaints policy

We work hard to ensure that apprentices and their employers receive a high quality experience throughout an apprenticeship.  We endeavour to respond to any concerns as soon as they occur but occasionally complaints do arise.  Our employer complaints process may be found here.

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to apply, once you have read the Key Documents and discussed with your employer/line manager the commitment you will be making, please download our application form here to start the process or drop an email to if you have any queries.

The next application window is now open for the cohort starting September 2022.

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Apprenticeship Levy

Your school or employer may pay a 0.5% levy to fund growth in apprenticeships, so it simply makes sense to get out what you put in! Let your school reap the benefits from that investment and further develop high calibre managers.