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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher training programmes.

Our trainees consistently exit as outstanding practitioners.  Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector.  Our cohorts come from a broad range of contexts across secondary education, further education and non-mainstream provision, allowing for a rich sharing of experiences to enhance learning opportunities.

Building on this success, DCG is offering a well-established and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector: a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route.  The apprentice teacher will earn as they learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop their professional practice in classroom, work-based and workshop settings.

What are the benefits to you?

Specific Skills:

  • Undertaking educational research and applying learning to practice
  • Generic teaching, learning and assessment knowledge, theory and skills, including promoting positive behaviours for learning
  • Subject pedagogy
  • Professional behaviours of a teacher
  • Practising of safeguarding
  • Utilising digital technology

Transferable Skills:

  • Effective communication
  • Reflective practice
  • Building resilience
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Relationship building/engagement

What are the benefits for employers?

  • The apprentice teacher route to full qualification offers an expansive and rigorous work-based route to developing and qualifying teachers in the Learning and Skills Sector, which includes post-14 education (Key Stage 4 in schools)
  • It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects by providing a subject specialism in teaching STEM, SEND, Maths or English
  • For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.

Entry requirements

  • Teacher apprenticeship contract - minimum of 2.5 years to enable end-point assessment following two years of learning
  • Evidence of a Level 3 (at least) qualification in own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of an approved Level 2 qualification in English Language and Maths
  • A mentor in the organisation where you work to support your development

Course Content

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding teacher who has a positive impact on learners in the sector, you will work towards a set of qualifications.  If you haven’t already got the following qualifications, you are required to achieve:

  • A full teaching qualification at Level 5
  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation

In addition to mandatory qualifications you may wish to enhance your studies by undertaking optional short courses in:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

How will I be assessed?

You will have study time to work in your curriculum team and to attend College to work towards qualifications, meet with your personal tutor and plan your own professional development/prepare for end-point assessment. 

The apprentice teacher will be assessed using varied methods, including assignments, collaborative presentations, poster presentations and reflections.  Alongside this, there will be a minimum of eight observations of practice conducted by our expert tutors in the Teacher Training Academy or your workplace mentor. 

You will also have an end-point assessment consisting of a thematic case study to evidence the knowledge and skills set out in the Apprenticeship Standard; submission of an online presentation showing your journey with ICT skills; a professional discussion and two observations of practice by the end-point assessor followed by questions and answers.  This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre.  Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

  • QTLS: Professional formation for the FE and Skills sector, equating to QTS in schools
  • A permanent position as a teacher in Post-14 Education, for example in schools, FE Colleges, training providers and prison education
  • A BA (Hons) Education Studies or Masters in Education (depending on your prior qualifications)

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

Diploma reminds teaching assistant Laura of her love of learning

Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.

My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.

I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.

We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.


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