What are the course requirements?
As part of the assessment for this Teaching Assistant Diploma, there will be direct teaching observation – your assessor will support you with this.
Placement or Practical required
Direct observation is part of the assessment methodology in this course. Observations may be carried out by appropriately qualified members of staff in work settings. There are specific criteria and guidelines that need to be followed, therefore learners must ensure that a suitable member of staff is able to support them by providing written observation records. You will need to complete between 50 – 200 hours in placement. These hours will need to be spread throughout the duration of the course until the course completion. Your placement must be in a school setting, working with children in a class that follows the National Curriculum, where you are supporting the teacher. Typically, from year 1 and above and with children who are bilingual.
If placement or practical required, when?
A learner will need a mentor who is willing to be able to complete observations of practice and witness statements to confirm occupational competency. Training on vocational observations will be provided to the mentor. The mentor will be from within the learner’s placement environment, and must be suitably qualified- e.g., the class teacher.
When can I access my course?
You’ll complete the theory portion of the course through our online learning platform, meaning you have full flexibility to fit your studying around your own schedule. Our online portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can log in from your phone, laptop, PC, or tablet.
Are there any exams?
The good news is, there are no exams! There are question papers you will need to complete and submit but this can all be done online. You’ll need to allow at least 1-2 hours to write each paper.
What are my career options?
You can take on additional responsibilities and move up levels within the Teaching Assistant role. Many Teaching Assistants also do further training and become lead teachers.
What framework does the Diploma follow?
This Diploma follows the latest UK legislation, framework, guidelines, policies, and procedures in education. While this course has been developed to reflect the UK framework, the core principles and approaches you’ll learn can easily be transferred to schools across the world.