Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants – Jan Start
Are you passionate about developing educational opportunities for future generations?
Course Information for Students
Who is this course for?
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 will develop secure knowledge and effective strategies to become an excellent teaching assistant
- You will have opportunities to develop your interpersonal skills
- You will develop your ICT skills
- Your school will secure additional high-quality support for its pupils and staff
- Children in schools will benefit from effective support to maximise their potential
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
- At least a grade 4/C in GCSE English
- Suitable experience as a teaching assistant (employed or voluntary) prior to starting the course (ideally, three months experience)
- Access to a minimum of two days per week voluntary or employed work in a supporting role in a school or educational provider setting, with the opportunity to lead small groups of children or young people. This must be in Year 1 or above
- Confidence using standard ICT applications
- Ability to work at Level 3
- A DBS which is required in order for you to work/volunteer at a school: you, along with the school, will be responsible for obtaining this
What will you learn?
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:
- Schools and Colleges as Organisations
- Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment
- Understand How to Safeguard Children and Young People
- Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
- Understand How Children and Young People Develop
- Support Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People
- Support Children and Young People during Learning Activities
- Support English and Maths Skills
- Support the Use of ICT in the Learning Environment
- Support Assessment for Learning
- Engage in Personal and Professional Development
- Support Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication
- Understand How to Support Bilingual Learners
- Understand How to Support Learning of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Support Children and Young People during Transitions
- Support the Role of Play, Leisure and Extra-Curricular Activities for Children and Young People
How will you learn?
This course will be delivered on-site.
What will you need to bring with you?
How will you be assessed?
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:
- Progress in your current job role
- Progress to a Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)
- Advance to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children and Young People or SEND Pathway)
Who do you contact for more information?
For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Information for Employers
Information for Employers
This course could lead to one of these careers...
Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.
Higher Education Teaching Professionals
Further Education Teaching Professionals
Secondary Education Teaching Professionals
Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals
Special Needs Education Teaching Professionals
Educational Support Assistants
Education Advisers and School Inspectors
DCG Success Stories
TA role is the perfect new career for former flight attendant Jodie
Nicole and Emily, our lecturers, are great – they’re always there for us.
Bethany lands teaching assistant role at first attempt
Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter. I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.
New career as Teaching Assistant on menu for former Chef Charmaine
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.
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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:39 pm