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Intermediate Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School - Starting January 2017Apply Now »

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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 40

Hours: 12.00

Start: 23/01/2017

Days / Times: Monday 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 this 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 »

Rhiannon Elliott

Rhiannon Elliott

Taking a teaching career to new levels

Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.

She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.

Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.
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