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
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
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.
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:
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.
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.
You will need to provide stationery only.
Once you have completed the HLTA course you can:
There are also other opportunities/courses you may want to progress to:
For those teaching in the FE sector:
Ambitious Dawn Sheils-Houston says the world has opened up to her after completing a “goldmine” study programme at Derby College. Dawn works for Derbyshire Constabulary as an Attraction and Engagement Officer - encouraging unrepresented groups to join the force. To support her work and to boost her skillset, Dawn was determined to learn more about the practicalities of coaching and mentoring.
A contact at Derby College Group (DCG) recommended the part-time ILM Level 5 course, which involved one evening lecture a fortnight. Dawn, who has an LLB Honours Degree in Law, said it involved a substantial amount of research and studying at home. She found it to be a lot of work but “a magical experience”.
As part of her studies she coached two police employees, who both gained promotion. She said the lectures and constructive feedback by tutor Lesley Jackson were superb.
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"My dad came over on the Windrush, from Jamaica. He was a hardworking man. He told us as children that, ‘if you stay in bed you would end up being poor’."
The world’s opened up for me now. I feel I’ve got lots to offer on a practical basis which could change someone’s life.”