Are you looking to start your learning journey in supporting teaching and learning in a school or college or with another provider by gaining an entry level qualification? Or are you maybe looking for a new career? Do you feel you have the necessary study skills and professional behaviours to embark on a course leading to a vocational starting point?
This course is a fantastic introduction to supporting the education and development of young people in schools and colleges. It is the first step on the ladder to developing your knowledge and understanding of what is involved with enhancing the learning experience in educational settings. The course leads to a variety of other programmes that could allow you to become qualified as a teaching assistant.
This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full- and part-time support staff may fulfil, including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteering, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people in the learning environment.
With DCG 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/4 or equivalent in GCSE English and/or Maths, you can work towards that here at College.
You will enjoy free access to our library and our online resources. You will receive training in accessing these. Additional support is on offer for you as needed.
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
A DBS will be required in order for you to work/volunteer at a school: you, along with the school, will be responsible for obtaining this.
Education support workers work in Primary, Special, Secondary and Further Education and across all age ranges, encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
By being introduced to the key principles and knowledge of being an education support worker, you can begin promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem, playing an integral part in pupils’ wellbeing and ensuring they thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
Education support workers play an active role in supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings, and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting fundamental British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours is crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
You will develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours holistically during this course, and use your work placement to practise what you learn. Your work in a variety of learning environments with children, young people or adults is critical in enabling you to develop confidence, understanding and practice. Alongside this, you will work towards your Level 2 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
· Understanding Schools and Colleges as Organisations
· Understanding Children and Young People's Development
· Understanding Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
· Understanding Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
· Safeguarding Children and Young People
· Understanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
You will be assessed through a range of individual and group tasks, presentations, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school or college, reflective practice and continuous professional development. Assessment is continuous and is designed to develop your academic and communication skills, and build your confidence.
After completing this course, you could:
· Secure progress to a formal Teaching Assistant qualification, with the requirement of gaining valuable hands-on experience on placement
· Prepare for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools contract with a school or other educational provider
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.