West Thames College London

Apprenticeship in Supported Learning - Advanced

This course is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant. The apprenticeship will enable you to build on your knowledge and expertise in supporting learning.

Key course features


City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support Practitioners

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 11 January 2017

Who is this course for?

This Advanced Apprenticeship is for people in learning support occupations who wish to continue their professional development. This apprenticeship is relevant to practitioners who support a diverse range of learner requirements in further education, skills and lifelong learning contexts. This includes general learning support roles, as well as more specialist roles that support disabled learners, deaf learners and learners who need help with literacy, language and numeracy.

About the course
Learning Support practitioners contribute to the provision of learning opportunities that promote the achievement and progression of learners by:
  • Providing learning support for individuals and/or groups
  • Working with others to provide learning support
  • Promoting learner independence and self-determination
  • Promoting inclusion and participation.

Apprentices must achieve a minimum 45 credits from mandatory and optional units.

You will study:

Mandatory Units:

  • Learning support in lifelong learning contexts
  • Principles of learning support
  • Supporting learning
Optional Units (A):
  • Preparing to support learning
Optional Units (B):
  • Inclusive approaches to providing information
  • Skills check and signposting for English, maths and ICT needs
  • Organisational approaches to meeting English, maths and ICT learning needs
  • English, maths and ICT needs for life, learning and work
  • Equality and diversity
  • Practice based investigation
  • Supporting learners in an area of specialism
  • Preparing for the mentoring role
  • Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment
You will also complete courses in:
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Mathematics functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • ICT level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.
How will I be assessed?

You will spend one evening a week at the college, learning about the key principles of learning and supporting learning. You will be assessed through written assignments and observed and assessed in the workplace.

Where next?

The Framework will benefit apprentices by offering opportunities for them to progress within learning support. It can also offer progression into a wider range of related roles and occupations, as well as to higher level qualifications such as the Diploma in Education and Training.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or above, employed and working a minimum of 30 hours or more and not hold a Degree. Good literacy and numeracy skills are desirable but can be delivered as part of the apprenticeship.

How to apply?

Please view our current live vacancies and apply today.

Alternatively to register your interest in this apprenticeship click on the button below and complete the form.


  1. Shazia Khan

    Certificate in Education

    Shazia Khan

    “The classes are enjoyable and comfortable. The tutors push you to do your best and you’re completely supported. It’s the best place to work and to study. I initially worked in a support role at the college, but from September I’m going to be teaching on the supported learning courses.”


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