We’re pleased to announce the government has approved the new Level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship standard for delivery.


Details of the level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship standard

The standard was developed by a number of employers, including, Minsthorpe Community College, Leeds City Council and Nottingham City Council. It was approved in June 2018 and although apprenticeships for teaching assistants and similar classroom positions have been available for some time, this standard creates a vocational route to QTS.

This standard will not only ensure full competency as a teaching assistant, but it can also provide a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the educational sector, including higher level teaching assistant, assistant teacher and teacher.

The trailblazer group hopes the standard will increase the number of trainees entering teaching and supports the government’s pledge of generating three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.



Typical job titles include: teaching assistant, learning support assistant, specialist support assistant and support for specialist curriculum areas.

Apprentices will feed back in order to support a suitable level of independence. They will be able to identify and help address weakness, combine strengths and develop individualised expectations and be able to identify different stages of development.


Entry requirements:

Will be determined by the employer on an individual basis but typically apprentices will have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading).
However, some employers will accept alternative qualifications and experience, for example, a relevant Level 2 qualification.


How much does the Level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship standard cost?

The standard typically takes around 18 months to complete and sits in funding band 7 which has a limit of £5,000 per apprentice.


Additional qualifications:

Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the end point assessment.


Over to you

If you’re interested in signing up one of your staff for a Level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship, or simply want to find out more about Apprenticeship Levy in general- don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Levy team today via Twitter, LinkedIn or email

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