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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 40

Hours: 12.00

Start: 24/04/2017

Days / Times: Tuesday 09:30 to 11:30

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

Concessions: 632.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 can make a difference to the educational environment for your own children and those children with whom you work
  • You will have lots of opportunity in class to share practical ideas and try out these within class or your school
  • You can progress to become a higher level teaching assistant or a teacher.  With Derby College ‘YOU CAN.’

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:

  • 12 hours per week voluntary work or employment in a supporting role in a school setting
  • A good standard of written and spoken English

Course Content

You will study:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and relationships
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Schools as organisations
  • Help improve your own and team practice
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support learning activities
  • An optional unit

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is no specialist equipment required for this course.  You will need to provide stationery.

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a teaching assistant in a school
  • Obtain an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

 

* 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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