This apprenticeship equips learners with the skills they need to provide professional and effective classroom support as a Teaching Assistant. As well as gaining a respected national qualification, you will develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem and skills in communication and teamwork.
What are the benefits?
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and, if you are successful, you will be offered a place.
Alongside the Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT. Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications. Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable. If you already have Level 1 Functional Skills, you will have the opportunity to achieve these at Level 2.
You will also explore Employee Rights and Responsibilities and will be required to engage in reflective practice and professional development.
You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans. Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations.
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Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.
She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.
Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.