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? Do you want to develop your skills and expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher level teaching assistant? If so, this is the course for you.
DCG has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver dynamic lessons to stretch and challenge. We will support and guide you with continuous professional development. Completing a qualification with us gives you a nationally recognised qualification.
You will have 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.
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Teaching assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary/College Education across all age ranges, encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
The primary role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.
Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem plays an integral part in pupils’ wellbeing, ensuring they thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
Teaching assistants 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 classrooms 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 3 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including using ‘One File’; 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. Assessment is continuous and is designed to develop your academic skills, communication and confidence.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
Level 3 education and training qualifications received at Derby College helped animal sciences lecturer Josh Carter review his options after he was diagnosed with a debilitating health condition.
Josh, who is 29, lives with osteoarthritis and spondylolysis which can affect his mobility and causes him severe pain during a flare up.
Originally from South Wales, he first came to the East Midlands to study for a BSc in zoology at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating he worked in various roles, including in education and training for a chain of noodle bars and as a freelance animal consultant helping institutes with their licensing process
Unsure of what to do after his condition worsened, he sought careers advice and through the Job Centre was put in touch with Towards Work, part of the national Building Better Opportunities Programme, which is based at Derby College.
Josh said: “Towards Work were so helpful and pointed me in the direction of the Level 3 Education and Training course at the Roundhouse. Because of health issues I qualified for funding through the programme and they assisted me with that too.
I liked the course. Our lecturers were supportive and understanding of my access needs. They made practical adjustments such as ensuring I had good access to the lift as mobility can be a problem. They also had someone else to take notes for me when necessary. When I have a flare up, I need to take exceptionally strong medication which can affect my concentration.”
Since completing the course Josh has started a job as an animal science lecturer at Nottingham College.
He added: “I didn’t think I’d be offered this job as I haven’t got my PGCE yet, but my level 3 in Education and Training plus my wide industry experience both in animals science and in training people went very much in my favour.”
I liked the course. Our lecturers were supportive and understanding of my access needs. They made practical adjustments such as ensuring I had good access to the lift as mobility can be a problem. They also had someone else to take notes for me when necessary. When I have a flare up, I need to take exceptionally strong medication which can affect my concentration.