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 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:
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.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
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.