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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Apprenticeship equips students with the skills they need to provide professional and effective classroom support as a Teaching Assistant.  As well as gaining a respected national qualification, students will develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem, communication, teamwork and skills in supporting children or young people with their learning and development.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop wide-ranging skills and personal qualities to improve your career prospects in the education sector
  • Earn while you learn, in a highly rewarding job
  • Gain a recognised qualification respected world-wide
  • Look forward to a brighter future: the majority of apprentices stay in employment and two thirds continue their career with the same employer

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 years old and have:

  • An apprenticeship contract working with children from Year 1 to Year 13
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

Course Content

Alongside the Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you have not achieved these or the equivalent at your point of entry). 

Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications.  Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable.  If you already have Level 1 Functional Skills, you will have the opportunity to achieve these at Level 2.  You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification, and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, presentations, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans.  Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations. 

You will attend a weekly learning session on a Tuesday afternoon and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs.  You will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant in a school
  • Progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, or to the Advanced Apprenticeship pathway

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Kerry Armstrong

Kerry Armstrong

PGCE is springboard into full-time teaching job for PE teacher Kerry

Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."

The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.

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