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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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Shaun Simms

Shaun Simms

Plumbing tutor Shaun passes on skills thanks to Derby College Cert ED

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."

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