Have you worked in learning support for a period of time? Are you passionate about your role in developing educational opportunities for future generations? Are you now supporting teachers and other professionals, perhaps delivering some planned lessons? Would you like to develop your skills and knowledge further and be recognised for the hard work you already do? Do you wish to enhance your expertise in supporting learning and gain a professional qualification? Then this is the course for you.
The Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants is aimed at teaching assistants who wish to progress to a HLTA role.
DCG 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 continuous professional development.
Completing this course with us gives you a Level 4 qualification, 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.
A course completed with Derby College Group sets you a cut above the rest. Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% consistently.
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 develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours holistically during this course, and use your experience and employment to practise what you learn. Your work in classrooms with children, young people or adults is critical in enabling you to apply theory to practice. Alongside this, you will work towards your Level 4 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
A Level 4 qualification requires you to engage in academic reading and writing and to adopt Harvard referencing systems. We will support you to develop or refresh your academic writing skills during this course.
A range of assessment methods is used, including group presentations, group tasks, academic posters, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans. The assessment methods used are designed for you to experience what your learners may experience, and will build your academic skills, communication and confidence.
Once you have completed the HLTA course, you can:
There are also other opportunities/courses you may want to progress to:
For those teaching in the FE sector:
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.