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 course is roll on / roll off and start dates are determined by the commencement of a new module. You can apply at any time of the year.
·Schools and colleges as organisations
·Support positive behaviour in children and young people
·Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
·Understand how children and young people develop
·Support children and young people during transitions
·Support children and young people during learning activities
·Understand how to support the learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
·Understand how to support bilingual learners
·Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
·Support health and safety in a learning environment
·Understand how to safeguard children and young people
·Support the use of ICT in a learning environment
·Support English and Math skills
·Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
·Support assessment for learning
·Engage in personal and professional development
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, group tasks, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice and continuous professional development.
·Lever arch file to build professional portfolio of practice
·Notebook and pens
·A4 plastic files to submit assignments
Please do not purchase plastic wallets or tippex as these are not allowed.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching. Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job.
She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall. Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers.
As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby. She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.
The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.
I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.