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.
Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching.
Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job. She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall.
Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers. As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.
The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.
I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.