Are you starting your career in a school? Or maybe looking for a new career? This eight-month course is a fantastic introduction to the world of a teaching assistant. It is the first step on the ladder to developing your employability and personal skills to achieve great things. It also leads to a variety of other courses that could move you up that ladder of progression.
At Derby College we have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your education here. If you need to gain a grade C GCSE in English or Maths, you can work towards that here at College too.
Want access to hundreds of books, resources and magazines? You get free access to our library and to our online catalogue of resources. You will receive free training in accessing these resources 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 must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
You will study:
You will be assessed through a range of group tasks, presentations, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans.
There is no specialist equipment required.
You will only need to provide stationery.
Tutor Jacqui Heath is teaching students from all over the world to improve their English and literacy skills after she gained Level 5 Diploma in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) via Derby College.
Jacqui, whose background is in PR and journalism, initially took a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course at her local college.
She wanted a career which combined her professional writing and editing skills with the teaching experience she gained while home educating her children.
Motivated by the rewards and challenges of adult education, she decided to further her qualifications by enrolling for the Derby College TESOL course. She gained the level 5 diploma in 2013.
Since then, Jacqui has taught students from across the globe – including Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan and Eastern Europe – to confidently speak, read and write English.
Rather than studying online, Jacqui chose to go to Derby College so she could observe how her teachers delivered sessions.
The tutors gave generously of their expert experience as we gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch ourselves into an ESL teaching career, whether at home or abroad. I think the most important thing I left with was the confident thumbs up from the excellent teaching staff.