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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 02/03/2022

Days / Times: Wednesday 09:30 to 12:30

Tuition (£): 2225.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 will develop secure knowledge and effective strategies to become an excellent teaching assistant
  • You will have opportunities to develop your interpersonal skills
  • You will develop your ICT skills 
  • Your school will secure additional high-quality support for its pupils and staff
  • Children in schools will benefit from effective support to maximise their potential

 

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:

  • At least a grade 4/C in GCSE English
  • Suitable experience as a teaching assistant (employed or voluntary) prior to starting the course (ideally, three months experience)
  • Access to a minimum of two days per week voluntary or employed work in a supporting role in a school or educational provider setting, with the opportunity to lead small groups of children or young people. This must be in Year 1 or above
  • Confidence using standard ICT applications
  • Ability to work at Level 3
  • A DBS, which is required in order for you to work/volunteer at a school: you, along with the school, will be responsible for obtaining this.

Course Content

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 play an active role, 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:

  • Schools and Colleges as Organisations 
  • Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment
  • Understand How to Safeguard Children and Young People
  • Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Understand How Children and Young People Develop
  • Support Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People
  • Support Children and Young People During Learning Activities
  • Support English and Maths Skills
  • Support the Use of ICT in the Learning Environment
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Engage in Personal and Professional Development
  • Support Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication
  • Understand How to Support Bilingual Learners
  • Understand How to Support Learning of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Support Children and Young People during Transitions
  • Support the Role of Play, Leisure and Extra-Curricular Activities for Children and Young People

 

How will I be assessed?

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 and communication skills while building your confidence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:

  • Progress in your current job role
  • Progress to a Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)
  • Advance to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children and Young People or SEND Pathway)

 

Did you find the course information on this page useful?

 

* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Chunyan Baker

Chunyan Baker

Cert Ed tutors dedicated to supporting students says Chunyan

Cert Ed student Chunyan Baker taught in her native China but needed additional qualifications before she could begin training to be a teacher in the UK.
 
She decided to apply for the two-year part-time level 5 course at Derby College after it was recommended to her by a friend who had completed it.  
 
To get accepted for Cert Ed though, Chunyan first had to take GCSEs in maths and English as well as Functional English Level 2 at the Roundhouse.  
 
Chunyan, who is now in her second year, said: “This is the first time I’ve been in higher education so for me writing research proposals and presentations is a new challenge.  
 
“I’ve been well supported by all my tutors, Michael, Sally, Roberta, and Lynsey, in my tutorials. I’ve also had support sessions with HE study coaches on grammar, critical thinking skills and in other areas.   
 
“The teachers are so dedicated and the support they give their students is brilliant .That’s also true of the learning resources network at Derby College, such as the library, computers and IT support.”  
 
Before lockdown Chunyan taught Mandarin Chinese at several schools in and around Derby.  
 
She added: “It’s a language that isn’t on the GCSE curriculum locally so I was doing it part-time at after school clubs paid for by the schools themselves or in some cases privately by parents.”  
 
Chunyan hopes to resume teaching when the lockdown ends but hasn’t ruled out other possible future careers including reception work and office administration. She’s found the computer skills course extremely useful in day-to-day life as well as when she’s teaching and is keen to progress to level 2 at the Roundhouse.

I’ve been well supported by all my tutors, Michael, Sally, Roberta, and Lynsey, in my tutorials. I’ve also had support sessions with HE study coaches on grammar, critical thinking skills and in other areas.


  


“The teachers are so dedicated and the support they give their students is brilliant .That’s also true of the learning resources network at Derby College, such as the library, computers and IT support.

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