Teaching Assistant

Information on our Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard qualification.

Duration: Typically, 18 months                                                           Level: 3

Teaching Assistant- Occupational Profile

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.


This qualification is suitable for a range of learners who are currently working in an education environment or who wish to work in an education environment.

teaching assistant working with school children


The apprentice must achieve the following on-programme assessment requirements prior to Gateway:

  • Level 2 English and Maths

Gateway Requirements

The decision to take an apprentice through Gateway is made between the employer, Independent Training Provider and apprentice. The apprentice must have achieved all the required on-programme elements before they enter Gateway, including completion of a Portfolio of Evidence to support the Professional Discussion.

End-Point Assessment (EPA) Requirements

This has 2 methods of assessment: Practical Observation with Questions and Answers (Q&As) and Professional Discussion supported by a Portfolio of Evidence.


Overall grading is Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Future Job Prospects

Upon achievement of this qualification learners can progress into various job roles:

  • Teaching Assistant (Primary and Secondary Schools)
  • Specialise in working with children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Future Learning Opportunities

Learners can progress to various educational paths once this qualification is complete such as, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

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