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Apprentice Teaching Assistant - Humanities department
City of Portsmouth College
Tangier Road Campus
£4.81 per hour, Monday-Friday, working hours TBC, 30 hours per week

Highbury College and Portsmouth College have merged to create City of Portsmouth College. You will be working within a friendly and professional team who are specialist experts.

If you think you have the technical skills, experience and passion, then come and join an ‘Amazing College with Amazing Staff’ and drive your career forward ‘The City of Portsmouth College Way’.

You will be required to provide support for the Humanities department by working in a range of classes with individual students or groups, as directed by the Learning Area Manager. You will work towards being able to deliver one-to-one or small group programmes outside the classroom for learners as identified by the Learning Area Manager, in conjunction with teaching staff. As your experience develops you may at times be required to cover part of a lesson or to set work for whole classes, in the case of the sickness absence of teaching staff, with support and direction from the Learning Area Manager.

Specific key responsibilities that will be developed:
  • Monitor and help students in working towards their learning and/or behaviour targets in the classroom, as directed by the Learning Area
  • Manager in conjunction with teaching staff
  • Support the teachers’ delivery of the curriculum by understanding and learning how to make work more appropriate for students
  • Deliver one to one and small group programmes to students who are in need of extra support and challenge, outside the classroom, as directed by your Manager in conjunction with teaching staff
  • To communicate concerns and news of progress to staff
  • Supporting students to access the curriculum whilst encouraging the development of independent learning skills
  • Assist in the preparation/adaptation of teaching and learning materials
  • Assisting with the supervision of students both on and off site when required
  • Contribute to the development of the Learning Support team by attending review meetings, staff meetings and in service training as appropriate
  • Carrying out designated record keeping and general administration
  • To be temporarily redeployed by the Learning Area Manager, to support in another area of college
  • To give assistance at College functions such as Awards Evenings, Open Evenings and Enrolment


  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work off of own initiative and also as part of a team
  • Good humanities knowledge - qualifications in this area preferable
Personal qualities
  • Enjoy working with children and be enthusiastic about education
  • Have a calm, positive and kind approach and be creative, resilient, flexible and resourceful
  • Have high expectations and commitment to inspire children to achieve their very best
  • Be able to inspire children and deliver exciting learning opportunities
  • Have a calm, positive and kind approach
  • Committed to self-development
  • Drive to develop career further

GCSE 9-4/A*-C in English, ICT and maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in all three

Due to the demands of the role, applications with less than the required grades will not be considered. Equally, applications received without stating GCSE maths and English/Functional Skills/equivalent results will not be considered.

What does the programme include?

The Level 3 Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in youth work and related areas. These include:

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Play work or Youth work for those wishing to transfer to other areas working with children and young people.

This pathway also offers the participant a doorway into the teaching profession, offering the chance to work in a variety of educational settings with children of all ages. The experience gained from this apprenticeship in the practical teaching environment is invaluable.
What attendance is required?
Attendance at College will be required on weekly or monthly basis and may be needed during the school holidays. Time spent training will come under the working hours per week.

Learning and assessment
Apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. In addition, they will need to complete a portfolio of evidence to support the professional discussion.
The end point assessment (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 and answers
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail.

Things to keep in mind

  • Eight days Bank Holidays
  • A Local Government Pension
  • A canteen, hair and beauty salon and childcare nursery
  • A sports centre with a 50% discount for staff
  • Student Discount (NUS, Unidays, Student Beans)

City of Portsmouth College also offers extensive support to new staff including:

  • Regular support and coaching throughout your first year
  • A Mentor who will help you settle in to the College
  • A thorough Induction programme
  • Access to Learning and Development including a Free Course Voucher
  • Employee Assistance Programme
Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship, and subject to progress as an employee City of Portsmouth College would like to offer you a full time job.

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