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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 »

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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