Are you starting your career as a teaching assistant in a school or college 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.
With DCG 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/4 or equivalent in GCSE English and/or Maths, you can work towards that here at College.
You will enjoy free access to our library and our online resources. You will receive training in accessing these. 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 will have the opportunity to build transferable skills such as:
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Teaching assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges, encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
The primary role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.
Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem plays an integral part in pupils’ wellbeing, ensuring they thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
Teaching assistants play an active role in supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings, and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting fundamental British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours is crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
You will develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours holistically during this course, and use your work placement to practise what you learn. Your work in classrooms with children, young people or adults is critical in enabling you to develop confidence, understanding and practice. Alongside this, you will work towards your Level 2 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
You will be assessed through a range of individual and group tasks, presentations, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school or college, reflective practice and continuous professional development. Assessment is continuous and is designed to develop your academic and communication skills, and build your confidence.
Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.
My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.
I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.
We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.