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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 12.00

Start: 05/10/2017

Days / Times: Thursday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 2225.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 from Year 1 upwards? Do you wish to build your expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher level teaching assistant? Then this is the course for you.

Derby College has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as providing you with continuous professional development.

Completing a qualification with us gives you a FULL diploma, 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.

A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest.  Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% (based on 2015/16 statistics).

What are the benefits?

  • You can develop a secure knowledge and effective skills to become an excellent teaching assistant
  • 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

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:

  • At least a grade C in GCSE English
  • Suitable experience as a teaching assistant (employed or voluntary) prior to starting the course (ideally, six months experience)
  • Access to a minimum of two days per week voluntary work or employment in a supporting role in a school setting, with the opportunity to lead small groups of children or young people
  • Confidence using standard ICT applications
  • Ability to work at Level 3

Our courses require a minimum of 16 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.

Course Content

  • Communicating with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supporting Assessment for Learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Promoting Health and Safety
  • Understanding Child and Young Person Development
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Engage in Personal Development
  • Develop Professional Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Three to four optional units

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including group presentations, group tasks, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide stationery.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:

  • Progress in your current job role
  • Advance to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children's and Young People’s Services or SEND Pathway)

 

* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Caroline Keeton

Caroline Keeton

Foundation degree is perfect stepping stone

Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.

She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.

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