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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 25

Hours: 3.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 1250.00*

Concessions: 625.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you starting your career as a teaching assistant in a school or with another provider?  Or are you maybe looking for a new career? This course is a fantastic introduction to the world of the teaching assistant.  It is the first step on the ladder to developing your employability and personal skills.  The course leads to a variety of other programmes that could move you up that ladder of progression.

At Derby College you will have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your career development. If you need to gain a grade C GCSE in English or Maths, you can work towards that here at Derby College too.

You will enjoy free access to our library and our online resources. You will receive free training in accessing these and, again, additional support is on offer for you as needed.

What are the benefits?

This course will give you the confidence to see you can do great things:

  • You can make a difference to the educational development of your children and those children with whom you work
  • You will have lots of opportunity in class to share practical ideas and try them out in your role
  • You can progress your career as a teaching assistant

Entry requirements

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

  • 6 - 8 hours per week voluntary or employed work in a supporting role in a school setting which must be classroom based (from Year 1 upwards)
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

Our course is roll on / roll off and start dates are determined by the commencement of a new module. You can apply at any time of the year.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Understanding children and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
  • Understanding schools and colleges as organisations
  • Maintaining relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting the health and safety of children and young people
  • Contributing to teamwork in a learning environment
  • Supporting positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
  • Understanding children and young people’s play and leisure
  • Promoting an effective learning environment
  • Providing displays in a learning environment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of individual and group tasks, presentations, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school, reflective practice and continuous professional development.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will only need to provide stationery:

  • 20 dividers
  • Lever arch file to build professional portfolio of practice
  • Notebook and pens
  • A4 plastic files to submit assignments

(Please do not purchase plastic wallets or tippex as these are not allowed)

What can I do after this course?

You could:

  • Secure a permanent position as a teaching assistant in a school
  • Progress to a Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants
  • Obtain an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools contract with a school or other educational provider

Did you find the course information on this page useful?

 

* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Dawn Shiels-Houston

Dawn Shiels-Houston

Coaching and mentoring Level 5 a “goldmine” for Dawn

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.
 
Dawn said: "I wanted the course to be practical as well as theoretical and it was absolutely out of this world. I was learning so much. It was a goldmine of invaluable information which allowed me to find this nugget.  I’ve now got the skills and endless opportunities. It’s a massive evolving area.
 
"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.”

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