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Level: 7

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 4.00

Start: 18/09/2018

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Tuition (£): 3500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in post-14 education?  Do you want a Masters level qualification in teaching?  Are you teaching or planning to teach KS4 in a school or academy, or to teach in a college, with a training provider, in a prison or in the voluntary sector? 

This course will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career.  It is an in-service part-time route to full teacher qualification, offered in partnership with the University of Derby – an ideal “earn as you learn” route to qualification.

The programme has been designed to develop your skills, knowledge and attitudes to help you become an effective teacher. You will develop your knowledge of how people learn, how to plan effective and engaging teaching sessions, and formative and summative assessment strategies.

You will explore the context of your curriculum and the external pressures influencing it. You will also have an opportunity to pursue a specific interest in the second year, such as Promoting Effective Classroom Behaviours, Practitioner Research Project and Teaching Higher Education in Colleges. 

There are also pathway modules in Supporting Learners with Disabilities, Teaching English up to Level 3 in the Post 14 Sector, Teaching Mathsin the Post 14 Sector, The Effective Teaching of STEM Engineering and The Effective Teaching of Sport in the Post 14 Sector.  Further information on the pathways will be available at the Derby College information session.

The course is delivered using innovative learning methods, technology enhanced resources and one-to-one observations of you in your own practice.  Upon successful completion of this Level 7 programme, you will be equipped to become an effective teacher in post-14 education. 

This HEFCE-funded course is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.  The course is delivered by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for ITE (FE and Skills) in the last inspection. 

This course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.

Entry requirements

All applicants must attend a PGCE/Cert Ed information session for further details and an application pack.  The event will include an informal interview to discuss your qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.

You need evidence of:

  • An Honours Degree (class 2:2 or above) in a subject relevant to what you teach
  • A recognised Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in English
  • A recognised Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in Maths
  • Access to a minimum of 50 hours teaching each year (in a full teaching role)

(*Note - Access to HE credits in English and Maths are not equivalent)

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.  The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.

Course Content

Modules are:

  • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits at Level 6)
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice to Improve Teaching (20 credits at Level 6)
  • Principles of Educational Theory and Practice (20 credits at Level 6)
  • The Reflective Professional (20 credits at Level 7)
  • Curriculum in Context (20 credits at Level 7)
  • An optional or pathway module (20 credits at Level 7)

Pathway modules include Teaching English (Literacy), Teaching Maths, Teaching STEM Engineering, Teaching and Learning for Learners with Disabilities, and Teaching Sport in the Post-14 Sector.

Optional modules include Teaching Higher Education in Colleges, Practitioner Research Project, Promoting Effective Classroom Behaviours, and Post-14 Teaching across the Sectors.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used. These include observations of your teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, individual presentations and poster presentations.  All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional teacher, while incorporating key transferable skills.

You are required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style, using Harvard Referencing systems. 

All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with academic research and learning theory in a manner commensurate with Masters level study.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

This course offers a foundation for professional development and enables you to apply for professional formation (QTLS) which is now equated with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

It provides you with an ideal platform to progress straight to an MA ED. If you progress to the University of Derby, you will already have achieved 60 credits towards your Masters.  Alternatively, you can apply to study a specialised Diploma in a subject such as SEND, ESOL, English or Maths. 

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Kerry Armstrong

Kerry Armstrong

PGCE is springboard into full-time teaching job for PE teacher Kerry

Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."

The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.

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