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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 52

Hours: 12.00

Start: 24/04/2017

Days / Times: Monday 12:30 to 14:30

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 can 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 to 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

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Rhiannon Elliott

Rhiannon Elliott

Taking a teaching career to new levels

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.
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