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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Apprenticeship equips students with the skills they need to provide professional and effective classroom support as a Teaching Assistant.  As well as gaining a respected national qualification, students will develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem, communication, teamwork and skills in supporting children or young people with their learning and development.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop wide-ranging skills and personal qualities to improve your career prospects in the education sector
  • Earn while you learn, in a highly rewarding job
  • Gain a recognised qualification respected world-wide
  • Look forward to a brighter future: the majority of apprentices stay in employment and two thirds continue their career with the same employer

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 years old and have:

  • An apprenticeship contract working with children from Year 1 to Year 13
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

Course Content

Alongside the Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you have not achieved these or the equivalent at your point of entry). 

Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications.  Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable.  If you already have Level 1 Functional Skills, you will have the opportunity to achieve these at Level 2.  You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification, and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, presentations, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans.  Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations. 

You will attend a weekly learning session on a Tuesday afternoon and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs.  You will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant in a school
  • Progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, or to the Advanced Apprenticeship pathway

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Bethany Heyman

Bethany Heyman

Bethany lands teaching assistant role at first attempt

Derby College student Bethany Heyman never expected to get her first job as a teaching assistant at the first attempt.
Bethany, who is due to gain her Level 3 Teaching and Learning Assistant qualification in the next few weeks, applied for her newrole at a local primary school purely for the interview practice.
She knew she was up against applicants with much more experience and didn't think for one minute that she would be offered the job. But Bethany, who had been on a TA placement at another school, was successful and starts her new role at Howitt Primary School in Heanor after Easter.
Bethany, who is 26 and from Smalley, previously worked as a beauty therapist but decided on a change of career after having her daughter, who is now eight.
She wanted a job with hours which fitted in with being a mum, and she had always fancied working in a school.

Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter.


I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.

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