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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 03/11/2020

Days / Times: Tuesday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

Adult Loan Amount: 1417.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Have you worked in learning support for a period of time?  Are you passionate about your role in developing educational opportunities for future generations? Are you now supporting teachers and other professionals, perhaps delivering some planned lessons?  Would you like to further develop your skills and knowledge and be recognised for the hard work you already do?  Do you wish to enhance your expertise in supporting learning and gain a professional qualification?  Then this is the course for you.

The Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants is aimed at teaching assistants who wish to progress to a HLTA role.

DCG 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 continuous professional development.

Completing this course with us gives you a Level 4 qualification, 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.  

A course completed with Derby College Group sets you a cut above the rest.  Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% consistently.

What are the benefits?

  • You will develop knowledge and effective skills in handling the challenges that you are likely to encounter

  • Your school will secure additional high-quality support for pupils and staff

  • Children and young people in education will benefit from effective professional support to maximise their potential

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:

  • Usually at least a grade C/4 in GCSE English and Maths
  • Employment and experience in a teaching assistant/learning support role - part time or full time - within a school or provider setting.  EYFS is allowed.
  • The full support of your head teacher/line manager - a supporting letter will be needed at interview stage
  • Significant experience in working as a teaching assistant with a range of children and young people
  • Capacity to attend College fortnightly for three hours in the evening
  • Confidence in using standard IT equipment
  • Ability to work at Level 4

Our courses require a minimum of 12 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.

Course Content

You will develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours holistically during this course, and use your experience and employment to practise what you learn.  Your work in classrooms with children, young people or adults is critical in enabling you apply theory to practice.  Alongside this, you will work towards your Level 4 qualification, thematically studying the following units:

  • Professional Knowledge and Development for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Child Development and Wellbeing
  • Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs
  • Promoting Children's and Young People's Positive Behaviour
  • Working with Individuals and Groups of Learners
  • Positive Working Relationships
  • Curriculum Planning, Monitoring, Delivery and Assessment

A Level 4 qualification requires you to engage in academic reading and writing and to adopt Harvard referencing systems.  We will support you to develop or refresh your academic writing skills during this course.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including group presentations, group tasks, academic posters, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.  The assessment methods used are designed for you to experience what your learners may experience, and will build your academic skills, communication and confidence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the HLTA course you can:

  • Progress in your current job role
  • Advance to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children and Young People or SEND Pathway)
  • Develop a teaching career

There are also other opportunities/courses you may want to progress to:

  • Level 2 Award in Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance
  • Level 5 Specialist in Teaching Disabled Learners

For those teaching in the FE sector:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (14+)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (14+)
  • Level 5 Certificate in Education (14+)
  • Level 7 PGCE (14+)

Did you find the course information on this page useful?

 

* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Louise Rea-Allen

Louise Rea-Allen

Career swap part-time student lands teachers’ job

Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.

She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.

"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.


"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."


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