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Early Years

This 16+ apprenticeship is designed for people who want to become teaching assistants in schools and provides you with a certificate in supporting teaching and learning qualification.

On completion of this course Learners will achieve: L3 certificate in supporting teaching and learning English (dependent on prior qualification) Maths (dependent on prior qualification)

You will also go on a work placement which is a compulsory element of the study programme.

Knowledge covered over the year includes:

Understanding how pupils learn and develop Knowledge necessary to work with teachers and support teaching How to keep children safe in education

Skills: Working with technology in a school Knowing how to assess pupils Working in a team

Behaviours: Communication with teachers, senior management, pupils and parents. Treating all pupils equally and fairly You will also learn about the prevent duty, online safety and British values ? three essential topics for child educators.

You will have the opportunity to progress directly into employment or top up your qualification to a diploma with the NCFE portal.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English

    Assessment Method

    Written and practical assessments.

    Aims of the course

    • To give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are essential for working with children
    • To enable you to become a confident and capable practitioner who is able to support and facilitate learning in pupils
    • To give you a positive experience which will lay the foundation for your future career in education.

    Progression Opportunities

    You can move directly into employment as a teaching assistant or progress to further study, topping up your qualification to a diploma.


    You will learn via:

    • Personal tutor
    • Online resources, workshops and educational programs
    • Individual feedback to help you develop your own skills and knowledge.

    Career Options

    Having successfully completed this apprenticeship you could become a teaching assistant, learning Mentor or learning support assistant.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Evening
Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 06/09/2021
End Date 01/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 1,417 p/year
24+ £1,417 p/year
International £2,400 p/year

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