Are you starting your career as a teaching assistant in a school, college or other 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 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.
You will only need to provide stationery, including:
PE teacher Leah Kellogg is pleased to be back at the school where she first worked as a teaching assistant seven years ago.
Leah was among six TA apprentices who took part in a pilot programme run by Bemrose School and Derby College in 2011 – and the experience convinced her to go into teaching. As someone who loves sport,
Leah specialised in supporting students with PE activities, and after her apprenticeship, went on to the University of Derby to train as a teacher.
Leah, whose sister is Olympic badminton player Donna Kellogg, plays a lot of sport outside school.
She keeps goal for Derby County FC and is also an all-rounder with Derbyshire County Cricket team.
She said: "It's tiring sometimes going out to train when I get home from school but playing for both teams helps in my job. The students seem to like that I play cricket and football for the county. They can see for themselves that if you work hard at your sport you can achieve that level."
I enjoyed my TA placement and found that it really helped me prepare for university. I liked that the course was interactive and very hands-on. I much prefer being active rather than stuck in a classroom.
The lecturers at Derby College were very helpful and regularly came out to Bemrose to watch us give our classes.