Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

 L3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Your Framework(FR04171):

Your framework will consist of:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Functional Skill in ICT qualification (exemptions may apply)
  • Level 2 Functional Skill in Mathematics (if not already achieved)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English (if not already achieved)

Entry Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and it is recommended that you have gained relevant work experience within your chosen area. 
  • GCSE grade C in English Language on entry.
  • GCSE grade D or above in Maths on entry.
  • You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have a valid Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS check.
  • All students will be required to complete an initial assessment of their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills on entry.

Start Date: On interview     Attendance: Part-Time weekly   Duration: 12-18 months

Framework overview:

Students will spend one evening a week attending class-based teaching to support the completion of the knowledge elements of the course, 2 hours of Math sessions (for students who have not already achieved a Grade C) and 2 hours of ICT class-based sessions.  In addition to class-based sessions, students will be allocated an assessor who will visit and observe you in your setting in order to complete the skills criteria of your qualification


The course uses a range of assessment methods to check learning which include written tasks, professional discussions and observations.  You will develop your knowledge of children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher.  In addition, you can choose from optional units to help specialise your teaching around literacy and numeracy skills, working as part of a team, teaching to children’s full potential or bilingual and special needs support.

Next Steps

Upon completion of the framework, the majority of students secure teaching assistant roles in primary, secondary or special schools, but this also opens up opportunities to progress into Higher Education.

Case study:

Studying the SSTLS course has helped me develop my professional development.  The course is extensive and has given me confidence when working in the classroom.  I feel the course was a key factor in me getting a job as a teaching assistant.  It helped that my employer was able to give me some time to study during working hours.  As far as experience goes, I would recommend undertaking the recommended work experience and prior to starting the course.  If you have this experience then you will find when your assessor observes you in the classroom that you will be surprised how quickly your standards can be completed.  The support given by the course tutor was excellent, I found that the evening sessions were packed with information and insight and the group work and experience shared by the other students was invaluable


Where an employer has less than 50 employees and is not liable to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, the training for Apprentices that are aged between 16 and 18 is fully funded.  For Apprentices who are aged 19 years or over at the start of their course, a one-off employer contribution fee is required.  (There is an incentive payment of £1,000 available for employers who are not apprenticeship Levy payers and who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice.  This incentive payment is payable as £500 after 3 months and £500 after 12 months).

Additional Costs

We recommend students purchase at least one course text book to support this qualification, this will be advised during induction.

How Do I Apply

To complete an Apprenticeship, the Apprentice must be employed. To view and apply for the College’s live Apprenticeship vacancies please visit the national apprenticeship website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk, or alternatively if you are an employer wishing to employ an Apprentice please get in contact with us on 01473 382464 or email apprenticeships@suffolk.ac.uk

Support For You For student support visit our website, call 01473 382738 or email support@suffolk.ac.uk.