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Top Up Teaching Assistant Diploma

Course Title:

Top Up Teaching Assistant Diploma

Course Number:

LXKR M10967


Rycote Centre

Learning Area:

Education training


Level 3


Julia Gaskell

Start Date:

16 July 2018

End Date:

26 November 2018

Session Time(s):

Monday between 17:30 and 20:30

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 4 and 10 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

Guided learning hours:

  • Eight 3 hour taught sessions
  • Two/three observations
  • Individual study time

What will I be learning?

The CACHE/NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STALIS) prepares learners to work with children (7+ years of age) in a school setting.

These additional units will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding they need to support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs including:

  • Supporting inclusion and participation
  • The rights of disabled children and young people
  • An understanding of disabilities and special educational needs

The course is made up of classroom taught knowledge and assessments of competence in school settings. You will be set tasks to complete throughout the course to build up a portfolio of knowledge evidence. In addition you will be assigned an assessor who will visit you in your placement to carry out observations of skills in the workplace.

Learners enrolling on the diploma course will need to be working in a school as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situation.

Does the course lead to a qualification? 

CACHE/NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who have already gained the Level 3 Certificate in STALIS and who would now like to progress onto the Diploma.

Learners must already have a GCSE English qualification (or equivalent) or be assessed as able to work at this level. Learners who do not already have this qualification will be assessed for English prior to enrolment on the course.

Anyone wishing to enrol on this course will need to complete an application form and if successful will be invited to attend an initial assessment session prior to the course starting to ensure that this is an appropriate course for them and that they understand the course requirements.

Learners will use an e-portfolio. Full instruction on how to use this will be given by the tutor but learners will need to have basic computer skills and access to a computer with internet facilities.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring a pen and folder and copies of your qualifications and DBS Check.

Are there any additional costs?

The course costs £808.00 and can be funded with an Advanced Learning Loan.

There are no additional costs.

 How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

Learners will keep a reflective diary recording their progress.

You will receive regular individual feedback from your tutor and assessor

Feedback will be given, both verbally and by the evaluation of completed tasks & assessor observations.

There is no formal exam, although there is continual evaluation throughout the course and your completed folder will be submitted as evidence.

Can I have help in the class?

Learner Support

If you need support to learn, for example, a communicator, large print, personal care, specific equipment, or extra time, let us know.  We will work with you to identify what you need and how we can best support you.

Learner Support Fund

If you need assistance to pay for transport, childcare or books we may be able to help you.   Ask the centre staff or your tutor for more information and an application form.  We have a small fund available to help learners who are experiencing genuine hardship. You are advised to apply as soon as you can.

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it's free and well worth a look!

Progression within DALS and with local providers

We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes.  If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our helpline on Derby (01332) 717900 or

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Undergraduate degree with teacher training
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Disability and SENCo support

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:
 meet enjoy learn achieve
This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement.  That's got to make you feel good!

Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations. These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Rycote Centre


Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF


Limited Car Parking

Disability Support:

Disabled Access to all floors/building
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - Ryecafe


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre head towards Kedleston Road along King Street and Garden Street. At the 'Five Lamps' traffic lights on Garden Street you will see a sign for the Rycote Centre, turn left down Parker Street then turn right and the Centre is on the right hand side, parking is on the street and the main entrance is through the Social Service's car park. The Centre can also be accessed from Kedleston Road - opposite the Polish Club - but there is no parking at this entrance other than on Kedleston Road 01332 717930 or 717924

Bus Routes:

Allestree Bus, Trent Barton, and No. 6, Notts and Derby University bus during University term time.

Enrolment Information

In Person

If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:

Enrolment Centre:

Rycote Centre

Opening Times:

We are open * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Monday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only)


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Telephone No:

01332 717930


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