Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC495
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Part time

The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the Education sector. Learning support staff, such as Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors, plays a vital role in today's classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. This Apprenticeship will give you a fulfilling opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding of their development. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and organise day-to-day classroom activities. Your main role will be supporting children and young people to develop their skills across the curriculum; however you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings or reading to the class.

What will I study?

Selection of units from the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship:

  • Child and young person development
  • Support learning activities
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people's health and safety.


Entry Requirements

Students will need a minimum Grade D in GCSE Maths and English Language. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination.


What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship you will also be able to apply to a range of Universities or take up employment as a practioner in the Early Years setting. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Particular courses students progress on to include: 

  • Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree FdA - Subject to Validation
  • Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA
  • Teaching & Learning Support (Primary) Foundation Degree FdA - Subject to Validation


Your Study Programme

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Future income

Salaries for full-time teaching assistants are between £13,000 and £18,000 a year.

Salaries for full-time HLTAs can start from £16,000 to £21,000 a year. Senior HLTAs can earn from £21,000 to £25,000. This will vary depending on the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the responsibilities of individual jobs.

There is no national pay scale and wage rates are set by each LEA. Teaching assistants who work part-time, or are paid only for term-time, earn a proportion of full-time rates. This is known as pro rata payment.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.