Are you starting your career in a school? Or are you maybe looking for a new career? This eight-month course is a fantastic introduction to the world of a teaching assistant. It is the first step on the ladder to developing your employability and personal skills to achieve great things. This course leads to a variety of other courses that could move you up that ladder of progression.
At Derby College we have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your education here. If you need to gain a grade C GCSE in English or Maths, you can work towards this here at Derby College too.
Want access to hundreds of books, resources and magazines? You get free access to our library and to our online catalogue of resources. You will receive free training in accessing this and, again, additional support is on offer for you as needed.
What are the benefits?
This course will give you the confidence to see you can do great things.
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
You will study:
You will be assessed through a range of group tasks, presentations, annotated photographs, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school, reflective practice, and professional and personal development plans.
There is no specialist equipment required for this course. You will need to provide stationery.
Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.
She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.
"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.
"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."