This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. It enhances your ability to perform as a teaching assistant in a school setting.
The course covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual and special needs support; personal development; and reflective practice.
You should be at least 16 years old.
You should have a Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification, with good work placement and College reports.
You should have a GSCE grade C in English (grade 4 or above) and a minimum of a GSCE grade D in Maths (grade 3 or above).
During your placement, you will be required to carry out activities and tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.
You will be assessed by your teacher and an assessor using a full range of methods including building a portfolio of evidence, written assignments, presentations, group work and displays.
You will be continually assessed in your work placement through direct observations of your skills in practice and placement reports.
You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers to your placement, along with a placement top that you can buy from the College.
You also need pens, paper and ring folders and to pay for your DBS check.
There may also be educational visits across the year which involve a payment.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.