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.
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.