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 it 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.
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.