Are you passionate about developing educational opportunities for future generations? Would you like to support teachers and other professionals to improve educational opportunities for children and young people from Year 1 upwards? Do you wish to build your expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher-level teaching assistant? Then this is the course for you.
Derby College 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 providing you with continuous professional development.
Completing a qualification with us gives you a FULL diploma, 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. We have good links with local schools and offer a progression event every year so you can plan the next steps in your career.
A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest. Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is always over 95%.
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
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.
·Schools and colleges as organisations
·Support positive behaviour in children and young people
·Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
·Understand how children and young people develop
·Support children and young people during transitions
·Support children and young people during learning activities
·Understand how to support the learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
·Understand how to support bilingual learners
·Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
·Support health and safety in a learning environment
·Understand how to safeguard children and young people
·Support the use of ICT in a learning environment
·Support English and Math skills
·Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
·Support assessment for learning
·Engage in personal and professional development
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, group tasks, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice and continuous professional development.
·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.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
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.”