Children and Young People (Teaching Assistant) FdA Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2022


The demand for highly qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing.

This Children and Young People (Teaching Assistant) FdA Level 5 has been developed with sector employers and designed to help you to develop higher level skills and knowledge to work within schools. All of the modules will directly relate to your working environment and this will help you to evaluate and understand practice in more depth.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including University of Derby Online (UDO) and online journals and texts, as well as library facilities.

You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside of the classroom.

What will I do?

During the first year you will complete:

  • Higher Education (HE) Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values (20 credits)
  • Work Based Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Integrated Services (20 credits)
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning (20 credits)
  • The Curriculum 0-25 (20 credits)

During the second year you will complete:

  • Research Methods and Practice (20 credits)
  • Secondary Research (20 credits)
  • Understanding Behaviour (20 credits)
  • International Perspectives in Provision - Working with Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Children and Young People’s Family Rights (20 credits)
  • Children and Young People’s Health and wellbeing (20 credits)

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and working directly with children or young people aged 0-25 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for a minimum of two days a week.

To enrol on this course, you will need a full Level 3 or equivalent qualifications such as:

  • NVQ 3
  • A Levels
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • CACHE or NNEB award
  • Open College Network Credits
  • Completion of a recognised Access to Higher Education course

The course will take you two years to complete, you will attend College for one full day per week, Thursday 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

The course will cost £6995 per year, for two years.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in college can also assist your application. Please contact them via our Information Line - 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment methods are varied and include for example, written reports, presentations, case studies, essays and reflections. Modules are sector-related, and assessment will relate to your own organisation or vocational setting.

Upon successful completion you could progress directly into employment, onto a top up qualification at university or study the BA(Hons) Education Studies here at the College.

If you are undertaking full time study you can apply for a Maintenance Loan, this can be used to purchase materials to assist with your qualification.

How to Apply.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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