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Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants - Starting Feb 2018Apply Now »

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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 30

Hours: 12.00

Start: 28/02/2018

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

Tuition (£): 2225.00*

24+ 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 from Year 1 upwards? Do you wish to enhance your expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher level teaching assistant? Then this is the course for you.

Derby College has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as supporting your continuous professional development.

Completing a qualification with us gives you a FULL diploma, 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.

A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest.  Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% (based on 2015/16 statistics).

What are the benefits?

  • You can develop a secure knowledge and effective skills to become an excellent teaching assistant
  • Your school gains additional high-quality support for its pupils and staff
  • Children in schools 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 C in GCSE English
  • Suitable experience as a teaching assistant (employed or voluntary) prior to starting the course (ideally, six months experience)
  • Access to a minimum of two days per week voluntary work or employment in a supporting role in a school setting, with the opportunity to lead small groups of children or young people
  • Confidence in using standard ICT applications
  • Ability to work at Level 3

Our courses require a minimum of 16 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to start date if the course is NOT going to run.

Course Content

  • Communicating with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supporting Assessment for Learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Promoting Health and Safety
  • Understanding Child and Young Person Development
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Engage in Personal Development
  • Develop Professional Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Three to four optional units

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including group presentations, group tasks, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, and assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will only need to provide stationery.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:

  • Progress in your current job role
  • Progress to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children's and Young People’s Services or SEND Pathway)

 

* 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

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Charmaine Simpson

Charmaine Simpson

New career as Teaching Assistant on menu for former Chef Charmaine

Former chef Charmaine Simpson will soon have all the ingredients she needs to change career and become a teaching assistant, thanks to Derby College.
The mum of two from Shelton Lock is currently studying part-time for the Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants after gaining her level 2 qualification last year. Studying at the Roundhouse marks a return to Derby College for Charmaine who trained as a chef at the former Mackworth campus several years ago.
She enjoyed her catering course and was happy to go back to the college when the opportunity arose for her to retrain. Charmaine realised she was interested in working with children when her son was still a baby. She was impressed with how staff at her son's nursery interacted with the children and thought she'd like a job like that.
Although she liked her job as a chef at Severn Trent Water, she wanted to do something which allowed her to spend more time with her young family. So, she started volunteering in the classroom at Shelton Infants School, where her children attend, which firmed up her decision to become a TA.
Charmaine is currently employed as a dinner lady at the school but hopes to get a job as a TA once she has completed her level 3 course.

I decided to go to Derby College partly because other people at school had done their TA course there and also because I'd had a good experience when I did my chef's course.


I'm enjoying my Level 3. The teaching staff are very helpful and if I run into difficulties I can talk to Jo, my student tutor.

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