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Level: 2

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Weeks: 25

Hours: 3.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 1250.00*

Concessions: 625.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you starting your career as a teaching assistant in a school or with another provider?  Or are you maybe looking for a new career? This course is a fantastic introduction to the world of the teaching assistant.  It is the first step on the ladder to developing your employability and personal skills.  The course leads to a variety of other programmes that could move you up that ladder of progression.

At Derby College you will have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your career development. If you need to gain a grade C GCSE in English or Maths, you can work towards that here at Derby College too.

You will enjoy free access to our library and online resources.You will receive free training in accessing these and, again, additional support is on offer for you as needed.

What are the benefits?

This course will give you the confidence to see you can do great things:

  • You can make a difference to the educational development of your children and those children with whom you work
  • You will have lots of opportunity in class to share practical ideas and try them out in your role
  • You can progress your career as a teaching assistant

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:

  • 6 - 8 hours per week voluntary or employed work in a supporting role in a school setting, which must be classroom based (from Year 1 upwards)
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

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.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Understanding children and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
  • Understanding schools and colleges as organisations
  • Maintaining relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting the health and safety of children and young people
  • Contributing to teamwork in a learning environment
  • Supporting positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
  • Understanding children and young people’s play and leisure
  • Promoting an effective learning environment
  • Providing displays in a learning environment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of individual and group tasks, presentations, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school, reflective practice and continuous professional development.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will only need to provide stationery:

  • 20 dividers
  • 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)

What can I do after this course?

You could:

  • Secure a permanent position as a teaching assistant in a school
  • Progress to a Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants
  • Obtain an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools contract with a school or other educational provider

Did you find the course information on this page useful?

 

* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth takes big steps in small animal teaching

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.

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