Are you passionate about developing educational opportunities for future generations? Would you like to support teachers and other professionals to improve educational opportunities for children and young people from Year 1 upwards? Do you wish to build your expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher level teaching assistant? Then this is the course for you.
Derby College has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as providing you with continuous professional development.
Completing a qualification with us gives you a FULL diploma, exclusive access to high-quality course resources, library and career development services, as well as a busy Student Union with all the benefits and discounts that come with membership. We have good links with local schools and offer a progression event every year so you can plan the next steps in your career.
A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest. Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% (based on 2015/16 statistics).
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Our courses require a minimum of 16 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including group presentations, group tasks, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.
You will need to provide stationery.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning.
Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children. She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant.
On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding.
It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.
My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.
I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.
We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.