Do you want to train to teach your subject-specialism or develop your training skills? If you have limited or no experience of teaching or training and would like to achieve a gateway qualification, this Level 3 Award might be the right course for you. It could be the start of your journey towards a full qualification or, alternatively, it may be sufficient to enable you to perform your current teaching/training role.
Many colleges require all their newly appointed trainee teachers to achieve this qualification, and some awarding bodies stipulate it as a minimum requirement for delivering their courses. If you are employed in a training role, it will provide you with a toolkit for delivering engaging training sessions. It is also ideal for those planning or embarking on a career change. You will attend College on one evening per week.
Emphasis is placed on developing your practical skills, and a key element of the course requires you to plan and deliver a session to your peers, using feedback to evaluate and develop your practice.
You need evidence of:
To secure a place on this course, you must attend an information/interview session.
Assessment will include a series of tasks, some written and some practical. You will plan, deliver and evaluate a micro-teach session on an appropriate topic of your choosing to evidence City & Guilds outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to peer-assess other micro-teaches, share good practice and identify areas for improvement, adopting these into your own practice.
You may need to provide your own resources when delivering your micro-teach.
You will be fully equipped to deliver teaching and training that is inclusive and of good quality.
You will be able to seek or continue training or teaching in the sector: employers favour applicants with this qualification.
You can also progress to higher level teaching qualifications such as the:
Please note - for courses marked * you will need evidence of Level 2 English and Maths qualifications.
Other courses you may want to consider are:
You may also want to consider subject-specific qualifications. Derby College Group offers a wide range of courses and qualifications to enable you to pursue and enhance your chosen career.
Former Derby College student Sophie Nelson is looking forward to starting a degree in occupational therapy next year. But Sophie, who has completed her Higher Level Teaching Assistants course at the Roundhouse “never in a million years” thought she would be going to university.
She said: “I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.”
Sophie who is 27 and originally from Mickleover, thought she wanted to be a police officer when she first left school so took levels 2 and 3 of the Public Services course at Broomfield Hall.
She added: “We had to do a lot of volunteering on that course so I volunteered at St Andrews Academy in Derby, a school for 11 to 19-year-olds with special educational needs. I absolutely loved it. I realised exactly what I wanted to do, so, after finishing college, I went on to work as a teaching assistant at other special schools. Before that I’d always known I wanted a job which would benefit the community, but not teach.”
To further her knowledge, Sophie enrolled on the level four course for higher level teaching assistants, which she completed in 2019.
Due to take up her place at Derby University in September 2021, she is soon to start a new job in a secondary school. In her role as student engagement and learning mentor, Sophie will be supporting students with learning difficulties resulting from social, emotional or behavioural issues.
She added: “Once I have finished my degree I would like to be an occupational therapist, specialising in supporting children with special needs to live the most fulfilling life possible. My mum worked for Leicestershire Disabled Children’s Service and at a young age I was aware of special needs and the importance of inclusion.”
I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.