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The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff with a working role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. Job titles include: Teaching/Classroom/Learning Support Assistant, Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator, Pastoral Welfare Support Assistant, Bilingual Support Assistant, Team Leader

Course details

The Apprentice framework includes the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in School
  • Level 2 Functional Skill English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skill ICT

The mandatory units on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in School are:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Support children and young people's health and safety
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
Entry guidelines

Apprentices must be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Apprenticeships where the apprentice is working and studying for less than 30 hours per week are by exception only. In any circumstances the apprentice must not work for less than 16 hours per week. Please note that all candidates are subject to a DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) check. It is unlikely that individuals with no, or limited, experience within the sector would commence on an Advanced Apprenticeship. You must have an interest in, and commitment to, working and relating well with children, young people and adults. Be able to reflect on your own practice, learn and apply that learning in the workplace. Have the ability to work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with a range of people.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

Apprenticeships are designed for individuals who are in paid employment within the sector and would like to achieve qualifications which recognise the skills they gain in the workplace. An Advanced Level Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 24 months. If you have already found a job you may be able to convert it into an Apprenticeship. Speak to your employer and discuss the opportunity of you becoming an Apprentice. There is plenty of help and support for you and your employer and they may be eligible for a grant. Contact our Employer Services team for more information on 0151 551 7610 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are looking for a job with an Apprenticeship you can register on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website or to view the Apprenticeship we are currently advertising go to

Where can I progress to?

There is now a clear progression route from learning support roles in England to Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status and foundation degrees. Those able to meet the initial teacher training entry requirements can go onto achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The minimum entry requirements for any Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme are a standard equivalent to grade C in GCSE English language and Mathematics. In addition anyone wanting to teach primary or key stages 2/3 (ages 7-14) must have achieved a standard equivalence to a grade C in a GCSE science subject. All qualified teachers must have a degree.

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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