Are you looking to start your learning journey in supporting teaching and learning in a school, college or other provider by gaining an entry level qualification? Or are you maybe looking for a new career? Do you feel you have the necessary study skills and professional behaviours to embark on a course leading to a vocational starting point?
This course is a fantastic introduction to supporting the education and development of young people in schools and colleges. It is the first step on the ladder to developing your knowledge and understanding of what is involved with enhancing learning and experience in educational settings. The course leads to a variety of other programmes that could allow you to become qualified as a teaching assistant.
This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full and part-time support staff may fulfil, including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteering, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people in the learning environment.
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.
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
· A commitment and interest in educational support work
· A good standard of written and spoken English
Education Support Workers work in Primary, Special, Secondary and Further Education and across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
By being introduced to the key principles and knowledge of being an Education Support Worker, you can begin promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem, playing an integral part in pupils’ wellbeing and ensuring they thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
Education Support Workers 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 a variety of learning environments 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:
· Understanding Schools and Colleges as Organisations
· Understanding Children and Young People's Development
· Understanding Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
· Understanding Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
· Safeguarding Children and Young People
· Understanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
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:
· 20 dividers
· Lever arch file to build a professional portfolio of practice
· Notebook and pens
· A4 plastic files to submit assignments
· Secure progress to a formal Teaching Assistant qualification, with the requirement of gaining valuable hands-on experience on placement
· Prepare for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools contract with a school or other educational provider
Plumbing tutor Shaun Simms is relishing the chance to pass on his skills to young plumbers after successfully completing a Cert Ed at Derby College. Shaun, who retrained as a plumber 10 years ago after a career in IT, realised he might make a good teacher while showing a friend on an electrical course the plumbing aspects of the job. He was told about the Cert Ed course at the Roundhouse, and after sailing through the Level 3 Award in Education, went on to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before progressing to the full Certificate in Education. Shaun, who is described by his Derby College lecturers as an "outstanding teacher" is now working at another Further Education College in the region where he teaches level 1 and 2 plumbing students. He loves his teaching role and particularly enjoys seeing the young people on his courses develop their skills and grow in confidence.
I was so impressed with the quality of teaching throughout my time at Derby College. I enjoyed everything about my course and actively looked forward to my assessments.
My lecturers made to feel so welcome – they've been such an inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the teacher I am now without them."