Starting a Career in Education

Teaching in a Classroom

If you’re thinking of starting a career in the education sector and are wondering what kind of role would be right for you, Distance Learning Centre can provide many course options that will be applicable.
Traditionally, working in a school would simply refer to becoming a teacher at nursery, primary or secondary level. However, there are many more diverse roles for those wanting to work within an educational establishment, but not necessarily as a qualified teacher. These roles usually lean towards the support of teachers and pupils in a classroom, or even preparation for lessons that require specific equipment, such as biology, chemistry or physics.
Distance Learning Centre provide a variety of courses that will guide participants towards a fulfilling career in educational support. These support career roles include becoming a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or a Learning Support Assistant to name a few. Have a read below at just a few of these courses we have on offer, all available to be studied at home.

Support Work in Schools (QCF) – Level 2 course

To build the foundations of a career as a teaching assistant or otherwise, a course is required to help familiarise a participant with what it’s like working in a school, with a focus on supporting the development of children and young people.
The Support Work in Schools is a Level 2 course that covers all of the basic topics and gives the participant a glimpse into life working inside an educational establishment. The 5 units included cover themes such as safeguarding, communication, relationships, equality and inclusion of children, young people and adults.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2/Level 3

Whereas the Support Work in Schools course is an introduction to a career inside an educational establishment, the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools courses give the participant the practical knowledge to provide support to the teacher inside the classroom.
The Level 2 course includes 11 mandatory units, covering topics such as supporting learning activities, working as a team, promoting positive behaviour and maintaining learning environments. In addition, the participant is encouraged to organise a work placement inside a school for the duration of their studies, alongside studying from home.
It is advised that participants complete the Level 2 course before embarking on Level 3, which is a natural extension to the topics covered in the previous course. It promotes the participant’s ability to show initiative and become more self-directed in their approach to supporting teachers and other members of staff. Topics include professional relationships, supporting assessment for learning and schools as organisations.

Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

As much as a participant can learn how to directly support a teacher in planning lessons and help in pupil development, they may not be fully equipped with assisting pupils who have special educational needs.
The Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools course covers the same units as the Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course, with the addition of 3 extra units. These units cover speech and communication, supporting disabled children, supporting special educational needs and finally, behaviour, emotional and social development.

Education and Training (QCF) – Level 3 course

If participants have reached a certain stage in their learning and have decided they would like to start teaching in a classroom, this course is ideal for introducing them to the key concepts behind lesson planning and learning outcomes.
The advantage of the Education and Training Level 3 course is that it can be studied completely from home, including a micro-teaching session performed by the participant over skype. The rest of the course is assessed by the participant creating a portfolio of evidence that is subsequently sent to the assigned tutor.

Teaching Assistant Course

If participants already know they want to become a Teaching Assistant, they can choose to study the Level 2 Teaching Assistant course, which can be studied completely from home. The course takes 12 months to complete and includes 9 units, which can be studied at the participant’s own pace.
Topics covered include supporting the teacher, the pupil, the curriculum and the school, along with assisting in the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT. Additionally, participants have the options of combining this course with the Support work in Schools Level 2 course, by choosing the Support Work in Schools & Teaching Assistant course bundle, and making a saving in the process.

Have a look at our wide range of distance learning courses, or contact Distance Learning Centre today, to discuss how you can start studying from home.


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