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 develop your skills and knowledge further 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 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 to 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 is 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.
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:
Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.
She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.