Faculty of Early Years and Education
We offer Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Supporting Teaching and Learning.
These Apprenticeships are for learning support staff who work in partnership with teachers. Some learning and support staff have specialist roles such as supporting special educational needs, music or they work with small groups or individuals. During the Apprenticeships you will learn about and demonstrate professional working relationships with children, young people and adults. You will learn about schools as organisations, including types of schools and the policies and procedures you will be required to work within.
In the Intermediate (Level2) Apprenticeship you will work under the supervision of the class teacher and will develop the skills to effectively communicate with children or groups of students. You will learn about child and young person development, safeguarding and welfare. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion, and support positive behaviour. This Apprenticeship is achieved within 13 Months.
In the Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship you will develop an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required to work directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. In a level 3 role, you will have greater responsibilities and learn about all aspects of specialist support. This will include planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies and supporting learning alongside the teacher. You may specialise in particular aspect of classroom support, such as bilingual or special needs support. You will learn about personal development and reflective practice. Over the 18 months of your programme, you will work under the direction of the class teacher and develop the skills to enable you to effectively contribute to planning for learning and evaluating of learning activities.
There are no specific entry requirements for these Apprenticeships.
You will need to score the level below the Framework Functional Skills requirements in your English and Maths screening assessments.
If you do not have GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and/or Maths you will be required to complete your Functional Skills.
For the level 2 Apprenticeship, you will be required to achieve level 1 English and Maths and progress to take your tests for level 2.
For the level 3 Apprenticeship, you will be required to achieve level 2 English and Maths.
The Teaching and Learning Apprenticeships require you to undertake off the job learning for 20% of your working week. This can be made up of classroom learning, learning in the work place and in shadowing, mentoring and supervision activities. You will also complete distance learning and assignment completion and online learning activities.
You will attend college to complete your Functional Skills. These will be assessed through online tests.
Your Assessor/Coach will visit you in the work place to undertake a variety of assessment activities such as observations, professional discussions, and review of your work products. This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice. It is assessing the integration of your theory into practice i.e. ‘your know how and know why.’ You will also be assessed through assignment work, written and oral questions.
You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of you your knowledge and competence. This will be quality assured to ensure it is authentic, sufficient and valid before quality assurance from the external awarding organisation.
Your Assessor/Coach will review your learning and progress in relation to a series of defined milestones and keep you on track to progress and achieve as planned.
The perfect next step after completing the Level 2 Apprenticeship is to advance onto a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.
This will help you develop knowledge and skills that are more advanced teaching assistant, and open the door to even more career paths in the education sector, getting involved with planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside teachers.
On achievement of your Advanced Apprenticeship, you need to consolidate your learning and practice. You can then progress to higher-level study. The kind of study you undertake will be dependent on your job role. There is the Level 4 in Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges or there is a range of education and training options available at the College or UCO.
Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).
Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3
GCSE Re-sit Study Programme
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.
Vocational Level 1 Programme
English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.
Vocational Level 2 Programme
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.
Vocational Level 3 Programme
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English
You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.
You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -
To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/
To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.
Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.
This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.
Title: Education and Training
Faculty: Early Years and Education
Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Part Time
Delivery Method: Face-to-face