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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 25

Hours: 3.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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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, our online catalogue of resources and our computer network.  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:

  • 12 hours per week voluntary or employed work in a supporting role in a school setting (from Year 1 upwards)
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

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 study:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and relationships
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Schools as organisations
  • Help improve your own and team practice
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support learning activities
  • An optional unit relevant to your role and interests

How will I be assessed?

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is no specialist equipment required for this course.  You will need to provide stationery.

What can I do after this course?

You can:

  • 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

 

* 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

About the Roundhouse »

Caroline Keeton

Caroline Keeton

Foundation degree is perfect stepping stone

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.

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