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 must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
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.
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).
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
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.