Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Support Teaching and Learning Course

Course: Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Duration: 18 months (+3 months for the Gateway)

Funding: Apprenticeship

  • Course Outline

    The apprentice will undergo an 18-month apprenticeship training programme at Level 3 (plus an extra 3 months for the gateway) during which they will be supported with on and off the job training to assist their development.

    The Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning will be completed as part of the Apprenticeship. Click here to find out more about this qualification.

    Structure

    On Programme Training

    The period of learning, development and continuous assessment is managed by the employer with the support of a GHQ on programme assessor. GHQ will work closely with the employer to plan and deliver support and training appropriately to ensure the requirements of the apprenticeship standard are met. The L3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning will be completed as part of the on-programme training.

    Assessment Gateway

    The end-point assessment takes place at the end of the apprenticeship, after a minimum of 12 months on programme learning. The employer and on programme assessor will formally review and sign to confirm that the apprentice has met the minimum requirements within the standard and are ready to move on to the end assessment.

    End-Point Assessment

    The end-point assessment consists of 2 assessment methods, all pass criteria must be achieved to progress and complete the apprenticeship programme.

    The assessment methods are…

    Practical Observation with Q&A – The practical observation will be carried out over 2 hours in the apprentice’s workplace. The Q&A will last for 15 minutes and will take place at the end of the observation. The observation will be carried out over a period of one day with each session lasting for at least 30 minutes.

    Professional Discussion – The professional discussion will last for a duration of 90 minutes and will be carried out following the practical observation.

    Portfolio of Evidence – The portfolio of evidence should be completed during the on-programme learning. The portfolio of evidence itself is not assessed as part of the EPA, rather its purpose is to support the professional discussion. The portfolio of evidence should contain a minimum of 10 pieces of evidence and a maximum of 15.

    Grading

    The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades which are applied at the end-point assessment. Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method will be offered the opportunity to take a re-sit/take. The apprentice’s employer will need to agree that a re-sit/take is an appropriate course of action.

    Additional Requirements

    Apprentices will be required to have or to achieve Level 2 English and Maths prior to the end-point assessment.

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