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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

DCG is offering this key introductory programme to prepare young people for a full-time apprenticeship in a professional field.  Our Academy of Professional Education is continually considered to be outstanding in ensuring young people and adults secure a career in education and progress to the world of work or further study.

Are you ready to take your first steps to a new career supporting children, young people and/or adults to make good progress with their education? 

Our new short Pre-Apprenticeship programme - Teaching Assistant will provide you with the key foundations to help you gain an apprenticeship in educational support or progress into Early Years or Health and Social Care. The programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions. 

Entry requirements

You need:

  • An interest in working in a setting that seeks to enhance learning or support the development of others
  • A desire to succeed and gain an apprenticeship or progress to further study

Course Content

  • Building confidence, interview skills and employability
  • Skills in finding jobs, preparing to apply and raising your profile
  • Developing key study skills that transfer to the world of work, providing a toolkit for learning
  • ICT and Office skills
  • Knowledge of personal finance
  • Key knowledge about keeping people safe in person and online
  • Key aspects of working in educational support
  • Policy and procedures surrounding employment
  • Project and problem-based learning methods
  • Collaborative and team working to achieve set goals
  • A programme of supportive and group tutorials
  • Developing your maths and English through online and face-to-face learning

How will I be assessed?

The programme will be delivered by our experienced specialist learning support team on a full-time basis. Teaching is designed to support you to build your confidence and collaborate with others, so you are ready and motivated to take the next step to an apprenticeship or further study. 

By completing this course, you will receive a College Achievement Certificate and have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 in Safeguarding and Prevent. Your achievements may be accredited in any further study.

You will be assessed through completion of key activities and assessments, with agreed specific tasks that might include short pieces of written work, group discussion, a mock interview, participation in group discussions, reflections on developing self, and even collaborative presentations.  Working with your teacher, you will adapt your ILP tasks to match your starting points, career aspirations and current level of skills. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

  • Gain an apprentice position in Supporting Teaching and Learning to earn while you learn
  • Progress to the T-Connect (Transition) Level 2 programme in Health and Social Care or Education and Childcare – leading to progression to a full T Level in Education and Childcare or Health and Science
  • Progress to a Level 2 Award or Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Seek a placement to gain valuable on-the-job experience in a school or college

 

 

 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

Diploma reminds teaching assistant Laura of her love of learning

Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
 
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
 
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.

My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.


I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.


We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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