Earlier this week, I embarked on a new adventure. An adventure I only had the opportunity to explore, through my love of writing and vlogging.
It’s no secret that I spend my days working in a primary school as a Teaching Assistant to a glorious teacher, in an amazing learning environment. NCC Home Learning have given me the opportunity to choose from a wide range of courses specific to my career path to better my own development in my chosen field. From courses such as OCD Awareness, ADHD Awareness and the Teaching Assistant Diploma, NCC cater towards a huge range of people. Due to specialising in Autism myself, I did scour the menu for one specific to the spectrum and wasn’t disappointed – the have Autism Awareness for Educators and Asperger Syndrome Awareness.
I had almost settled onto one of the previous two courses I mentioned, when something caught my eye. Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Diploma. Ever since I began my journey in education (Lister Lane Special School in Bradford!) attaining HLTA status has been something I’ve wanted to do but I’ve never had the confidence. While this course doesn’t grant me HLTA status, it puts me on the road to achieving my career dream. I have studied at this level before, for my PTLLS (Preparing To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector) when I worked for four years teaching adults, but that only applies to learners at the age of 18 or above – so this was a huge positive for me.
As you can see by the graphic above (taken from the NCCHomeLearning.co.uk website) they offer price matching on courses, and payment plans. I myself wouldn’t be able to foot the entire £250 of a course in one go, so having a payment plan option is incredibly reassuring. Once you have decided on your course and settled on a payment method, you’ll be provided with your username and login to the website specifically for students – and you’ll be prompted to log in.
As you can
see, once logged in to your dashboard you will be able to select the course that you chose to access your modules and final assessment. Your reading material is provided in a PDF format, including a comprehensive guide to using the website to become acquainted with before starting your choice of course.
The website was a little bit alien to me at first, and I had to spend some time becoming acquainted. I did learn my way around pretty quickly however as everything is explained and flows together nicely in a user friendly interface. The only problem I had was the glare from the whiteness of the page, but when I got stuck into reading my course materials this wasn’t an issue – I’m even tempted to print each module so I can make notes on them which will eliminate the glare issue.
After reading the material provided around each module, you then get the option of completing your assessment. This is done by way of multiple choice questions. Depending on your scores, you attain a certificate or have the opportunity to resit the assessment if required at a later date.
Obviously, these are my first impressions – as I undertake my study I’ll be making notes and compiling a post for after my completion – until then please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have!