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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This apprenticeship enables you to develop your skills in supporting children's or young people’s learning in school and to take on additional responsibilities so that you can work independently from the teacher and with groups of children.  You will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.

It is an excellent stepping stone to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, Foundation Degree or higher level training.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop wide ranging skills and personal qualities to improve your career prospects in the education sector
  • Earn while you learn, in a highly rewarding job
  • Gain a recognised qualification respected world-wide
  • Look forward to a brighter future: the majority of apprentices stay in employment and two thirds continue their career with the same employer

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 years old and have:

  • An apprenticeship contract
  • A Level 2 English qualification or the equivalent

Course Content

Alongside the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you do not have these qualifications - or the equivalent - at point of entry). 

Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications.  Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable. 

You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification (if you have not already achieved this at point of entry) and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans.  Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations. 

You will attend a weekly learning session and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs.  You will, however, normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant in a school
  • Progress to a Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants or to a Foundation Degree, specialising in one of the pathways (Teaching Assistant, Early Years, Children's and Young People’s Services, or SEND)

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Jacqui Heath

Jacqui Heath

Tutor Jacqui helps students find the right words thanks to TESOL course

 
Tutor Jacqui Heath is teaching students from all over the world to improve their English and literacy skills after she gained Level 5 Diploma in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) via Derby College.
Jacqui, whose background is in PR and journalism, initially took a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course at her local college.
She wanted a career which combined her professional writing and editing skills with the teaching experience she gained while home educating her children.
Motivated by the rewards and challenges of adult education, she decided to further her qualifications by enrolling for the Derby College TESOL course.  She gained the level 5 diploma in 2013.
Since then, Jacqui has taught students from across the globe – including Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan and Eastern Europe – to confidently speak, read and write English.
Rather than studying online, Jacqui chose to go to Derby College so she could observe how her teachers delivered sessions. 
Jacqui added:
 

The tutors gave generously of their expert experience as we gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch ourselves into an ESL teaching career, whether at home or abroad. I think the most important thing I left with was the confident thumbs up from the excellent teaching staff.

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