Apprenticeship • Level 3
About the course
Type of LearningApprenticeship
Study ModeFull Time
Awarded ByNCFE CACHE
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. However, if you do not hold GCSEs in Maths and English there is an opportunity for you to complete Functional Skills.
Full time apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with off-the-job training. The EPA should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at, or above, the level set out in the standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an EPAO. The employer may wish to take advice from the apprentice’s training provider(s). As a gateway requirement, apprentices must achieve English and mathematics at level 2 prior to taking their EPA. In addition, they will need to complete a portfolio of evidence to support the professional discussion. The EPA must be completed within a 3 month period after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements. The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods: Practical observation with questions & answers Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail.
Careers & Progression
On successful completion of this course you may progress to a university course such as the Foundation Degree in Children Young People and their Services, and the BA (Hons) in Children, Schools and Families. Careers that this course may lead to include Teaching Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant or Teacher.