Childcare and Teacher Training

Specialist Support For Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year and will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be at least 16 years of age. You must hold a Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Some settings require three GCSEs at grade A*-C plus GCSE English at grade 4 and GCSE maths at grade 3 or above
  • You need to be employed within the childcare setting or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies
  • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Course overview

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you are in a role in learning support. Your role will require competence across a range of responsibilities such as contributing to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and working alongside the teacher to support whole class activities.

The course provides you with the skills and knowledge for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behavior support assistant/co-ordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant or team leader.

Course content

You will study all of the mandatory units and choose from the optional units until you reach a minimum of 44 credits. You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory Units:

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Supporting assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Supporting children and young people’s health and safety

Optional units

Optional units will be discussed on commencement of this programme.


You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

The course uses an E-portfolio (on line portfolio). Therefore, access to a computer/laptop and the internet will be required. If this is not possible, a paper based portfolio could be accessed.

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW.

Upon completion you could progress onto further study relating to your job role or apply for job roles including:

  • Senior Special Needs Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Specialist Support For Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Apprenticeship

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