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 build 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 providing you with 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 always over 95%
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Our courses require a minimum of 12 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, group tasks, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.
You will need to provide stationery.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
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.