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Supporting Teaching and Learning

Course Code: AP2

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 15 months
When you'll study: Various days and times

About the course

Did you know you can work as a teaching assistant and complete an Apprenticeship at the same time? City College Plymouth offers the opportunity to complete Apprenticeships in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools at either intermediate or advanced level. These Apprenticeships are for those who are providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs. As an intermediate level apprentice, you will gain valuable experience and occupational competence within your workplace setting. You will be employed and your job role will include working under the direction of a qualified teacher supporting individual or groups of pupils in a primary, secondary or specialist school from the age of four to 19 years. Most of your training/learning will take place within your workplace. On completion of the Apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills to be a great teaching assistant – with a qualification covering a variety of supporting teaching and learning areas. As an advanced apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class.

What you'll learn

The Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework will include:

• support learning activities
• help improve own and team practice in school
• safeguarding
• equality, diversity and inclusion in working with children and young people
• functional skills – maths, literacy and ICT
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self-management and effective participation.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this course will be determined through assessment with our
Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by
the childcare team at the College.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best suited workplace.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete an enquiry form.