Teaching assistant apprenticeship

The primary aim of the teaching assistant apprenticeship is to help you to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively support the class teacher in enhancing children and young people’s learning.

Teacher helping a pupil with their work
Course overview

At a glance




12 months



About the course

Our blended learning programme will build your confidence, skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a successful teaching assistant.

You’ll be working under the close supervision of a teacher, supporting and helping children and young people to learn. One of our specialist trainers will help you every step of the way to learn and progress ready for end point assessment.

Our programme has been specifically designed around the academic year with correlating activities for the 39 weeks of the school terms.

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll receive a rich and wide range of learning opportunities to get the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours so that you’re able to successfully complete the programme and progress in your career.

We have worked with schools and employers for the last 30 years so we understand how to deliver training for the education sector.

All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check with their employer as part of our safe recruitment process.

Is this course right for you?

This is an ideal programme for anyone looking to enter the sector or if you’re working in the role and looking to advance your skills.

Teaching assistants are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities and are a key part in education today.

Additionally, our programme is suitable for anyone working in a classroom, support environment or looking to work in the sector. As a teaching assistant you’ll play an active role supporting individuals to access the curriculum and develop new skills.

You’ll be promoting self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem to improve well-being in pupils so that they learn in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.

Our flexible and blended approach to training means that activities can be scheduled around needs. All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars which can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.

The assessors have been excellent, and they always go the extra mile. We have not looked back since we gave Realise a try.

David Dufill, LIttle Sapings Nursery, Business manager/partner

Ollie Family first

Family First would recommend Realise as they understand the needs of a growing organisation and tailor the approach accordingly.

Ollie Humphries – CEO at Family First Day Nurseries

Our learners are happy and confident in what they are practicing and achieving, it is the best start to their childcare career.

Charlene Onions, Puddleducks Nursery, Manager

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop the skills to enhance the learning experience of children and young people as well as supporting the teaching itself through planning and development activities.

We’ll help you gain a strong understanding of what it takes to deliver a quality learning experience, ensure you know what it takes to support the development of children and young people and ensure you have the skills to review and assess the progression of individuals.

Learning topics and areas of development include:

  • Understanding the National Curriculum
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Theories of behaviour
  • Law and legislation
  • Health & Safety
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Developing strategies for support

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How you’ll learn

All learning for the programme is delivered as either a 1-2-1 session or webinar so you have the best experience possible with flexibility to manage your workload and the apprenticeship requirements.

We have designed a blended programme which includes:

  • 1-2-1 sessions (including an induction)
  • Webinars
  • Remote sessions and support assignments
  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching and support
  • Specialist English/maths support (if needed)
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Certificate
  • End point assessment preparation and support, including Gateway Readiness Check and mock tests

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Trainer assessor


Trainer assessor

I am a Childcare Trainer with over 22 years experience in Childcare. I have had varied roles and experience including; working in a school, private day nursery, special educational needs support and Children’s & Young People’s Services before becoming an Assessor. I have been assessing for 12 years, I specialise as a Safeguarding Deputy.


Trainer assessor


Trainer assessor

I have been a qualified childcare trainer assessor for 15 years, prior to this I gained 10 years’ experience as a practitioner as well as management in early years. I have a degree in education as well as quality assurance qualifications and more recently qualified to deliver first aid.

Frequently asked questions

What is a teaching assistant level 3?

A level 3 teaching assistant is an excellent role model, acts with honesty and integrity, takes part in team meetings, contributes to planning and class activities and is a key part in education today. They could work within a classroom or support environment.

What qualifications do you need to be a level 3 teaching assistant?

This is an ideal programme for anyone looking to enter the sector or if you’re working in the role and looking to advance your skills. No prior qualifications are required to be a level 3 teaching assistant however Maths and English would be an advantage. If you don’t hold these already, we can embed them into your apprenticeship programme.

What is the salary for a teaching assistant level 3?

Wages are set by the employer. Apprentice national minimum wage is currently £4.30 per hour. Some employers may choose to pay more than this, but they cannot pay any less.

How long does it take to do a level 3 teaching assistant course?

Typically, the level 3 teaching assistant course will take around 12 months to complete. Our programme has been designed around the academic year to ensure that apprentices are able to get their on-the-job training allowance completed.

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