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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2

If you are already working in a school and want to gain an industry recognised qualification to demonstrate your skills and develop your career, then this apprenticeship is for you. You will study a range of units which will help you in your role as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant, including safeguarding, supporting positive behaviour and providing displays in schools. On successful completion, there are a range of further qualifications that you will be able to study for in order to continue to improve your career prospects.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-4,including English and maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent.

Other requirements: You should also have an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people and be willing to undergo a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Child and young person development 
  • 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

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through practical demonstrations and observations in the workplace, as well as exams in College.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Equality & Diversity NCFE Level 2 Certificate
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • English, Maths and ICT qualifications if required.

Further study and career options

Further study: On completion of this apprenticeship you could progress on to a higher qualification including;

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools for those who have the potential and opportunity to work at this level
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of pupils in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 qualifications in Children's Care, Learning and Development, Play work or Youth work for those wishing to transfer to other areas working with children and young people.

Future careers: You could pursue full-time employment as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant or learning support assistant and work your way up with your newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Additional information

Acceptance will be subject to interview by the apprenticeship team and following results of skills assessment for Functional Skills ability and occupational aptitude.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12-15 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1351


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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