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?
Do you want to develop your skills and expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher level teaching assistant? If so, this is the course for you.
DCG has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver dynamic lessons to stretch and challenge. We will support and guide you with continuous professional development.
Completing this Diploma with us gives you a nationally recognised qualification.
You will have 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.
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Teaching assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary/College 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 have 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 3 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including using ‘One File’; 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. Assessment is continuous and is designed to develop your academic skills, communication and confidence.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
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.