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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 07/11/2017

Days / Times: Tuesday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 1417.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you passionate about developing educational opportunities for future generations? Would you like to support teachers and other professionals to improve educational opportunities for children and young people from Year 1 upwards?  Do you wish to enhance your expertise in supporting learning and gain a professional qualification? Then this is the course for you.

The Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants is aimed at teaching assistants who wish to progress to HLTA status.

Derby College has an excellent track record for high-calibre inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as continuous professional development.

Completing a qualification with us gives you a Level 4 qualification, 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 so you can plan your next steps in your career.

A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest.  Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is 100% (based on 2015/16 statistics).

What are the benefits?

  • You will develop knowledge and effective skills in handling the challenges that you are likely to encounter
  • Your school will secure additional high-quality support for pupils and staff
  • Children in schools will 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
  • Employment - part time or full time - within a school
  • The full support of your Head Teacher - a supporting letter will be needed at the interview stage
  • Significant experience in working as a teaching assistant with a range of children and young people
  • Capacity to attend College fortnightly for three hours
  • Confidence in using standard IT equipment
  • Ability to work at Level 4

Our courses require a minimum of 14 enrolments to run. You will be notified one week prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.

Course Content

  • Professional Knowledge and Development for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Child Development and Wellbeing
  • Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs
  • Promoting Children's and Young People's Positive Behaviour
  • Working with Individuals and Groups of Learners
  • Positive Working Relationships
  • Curriculum Planning, Monitoring, Delivery and Assessment

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods is used, including 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 need to provide stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have completed the HLTA, you can:

  • Progress in your current job role
  • Advance to a Foundation Degree (Teaching Assistants, Early Years, Children's and Young People’s Services or SEND Pathway)
  • Develop a teaching career                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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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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