Are you starting your career in a school? Or maybe looking for a new career? This 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 so that you can achieve great things. This course leads to a variety of other study programmes that could move you up that ladder of progression.
At Derby College you will have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your career development. If you need to gain a grade C GCSE in English or Maths, you can work towards that here at Derby College too.
You will enjoy free access to our library, our online catalogue of resources and our computer network. You will receive free training in accessing these 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:
Our courses require a minimum of 15 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.
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.
Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."
The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.