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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 52

Hours: 12.00

Start: 25/01/2017

Days / Times: Wednesday 09:30 to 11:30

Tuition (£): 2225.00*

Concessions: 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 develop educational opportunities from Year 1?  Do you wish to progress to become a higher level teaching assistant or develop your expertise in your current role? Then this is the course for you.

Derby College has an excellent track record for high quality, inclusive learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as continuous professional development on all elements of the Level 3 Diploma.

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 provide you with a progression event every year so you can tailor-make your next step in your career after this course.

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

What are the benefits?

  • You will develop a secure knowledge, effective skills and employability in school support
  • The school secures additional high quality support for the pupils and staff
  • Children in schools 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 and Maths
  • Suitable experience as a teaching assistant (employed or voluntary) prior to starting the course
  • A minimum of two days per week voluntary work or employment in a supporting role in a school setting, with opportunity to lead small groups
  • Confidence using IT equipment
  • Ability to work at Level 3

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

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of 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 only need to provide stationery and a folder and you should have access to a computer (please note all Derby College students can use computers in College for free).


What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:

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


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Jacqui Heath

Jacqui Heath

Tutor Jacqui helps students find the right words thanks to TESOL course

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.
Jacqui added:

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.

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