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How to Become a Teaching Assistant

Author: Shaniece Blakemore

Published date: 2019/11

How To Become A Teaching Assistant

​Thinking of becoming a Teaching Assistant? Perhaps you are a school leaver that wants to move into teaching, or perhaps you’re looking to retrain as a teacher and move careers into teaching and education.

This is a speedy 2 minute read to help you create a plan on becoming a Teaching Assistant.


Some training providers (especially colleges) do ask for you to have GCSE qualifications grade C or above in both English and Maths, however, some providers will say they do not require any previous qualifications.

Level 3 Teaching Assistants

There are many Level 3 Teaching Assistants courses that training providers offer. Some jobs may differentiate in settings for example Primary, SENand Secondary. Listed below are options of distance learning, on-the-job training and Full Time College learning.

  • Level 3 CACHE

  • Level 3 Support Teaching & Learning

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Level 4 – Higher Level Teaching Assistants

With not many Level 3 TA’s going on to complete a Level 4 course HLTA’s (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) are sought after. Schools will often use HTLA’s to cover lessons internally short term. Teaching Assistants will usually complete this course alongside their current position, below are options of college and online training.

  • HTLA College course

  • HTLA Online Course

How Do I Find a Job as a TA Once I Have Gained These Qualifications?

Once you have gained your Level 3 TA qualification you can start applying for Teaching Assistant jobs. There are a couple of routes you can go with this depending on your personal circumstances.

Permanent Teaching Assistant Jobs

If you a looking for a full time role employed directly by a school then it would be best to look on local the council website. Schools often post their permanent jobs on TES. You can also use Aspire People to find a permanent Teaching Assistant job.

Supply Teaching

We know that teaching assistants who do supply work find that this offers flexibility. Whilst being flexible supply TA jobs will also allow you to work in a whole host of schools to build up your experience. Depending on what you are looking for supply can provide long-term or day to day positions often with options to join the school on a permanent basis at the end. If you feel supply best suits you at the moment take a look at our latest Teaching Assistant jobs.

Did you know? If you recommenda friend to Aspire People you will receive £100 for teaching assistants once they have worked for 20 days. To find out more contactus today on 0330 221 1226.

  • Sutton Coldfield

    2-3 Emmanuel Court, Reddicroft Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6BN

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Peterborough

    Lynchwood Business Park

    t: 01733 942 784


  • Manchester

    1 Lowry Plaza The Quays Digital World Centre

    t: 0161 552 7681


  • Nuneaton

    15/17 Dugdale Street Nuneaton

    t: 02476 998 525


  • Northampton

    Flexspace Summerhouse Road

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Staffordshire

    Watling Court, Orbital Plaza Watling Street

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Derbyshire

    Bretby Hall Mgt Office

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Worcestershire

    2 Copenhagen Street

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Wolverhampton

    84 Salop Street 3rd & 4th floors

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Lincoln

    Studio 1 Deepdale Enterprise Park Nettleham

    t: 01522 456920


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