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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group offers a range of high quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its Academy of Professional Education, Training and Development provision was graded outstanding by an Ofsted inspection in December 2015.

Building on this success, Derby College Group is offering a new and innovative route to qualifying as an assessor, trainer, workshop demonstrator and/or coach in the education and training sector. 

Achieving the Higher Apprenticeship Assessor-Coach qualification will enable you to develop and assess apprentices, workplace students and workshop training. With apprenticeships expected to expand significantly, this will enhance your employment opportunities and employability.  We can tailor the learning to meet your job role and the needs of your employer.

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding assessor-coach who has a positive impact on apprentice development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer.  You must achieve:

  • Level 1 in Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and ICT if you do not have these at entry (or their equivalent)
  • End-point Assessment to show you have evidenced the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external End-point Assessment Centre)

Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or Level 2 Award in Assessing Competence in the Workplace
  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

Learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your needs, although you will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.  There will be developmental observations of your practice.

 

Entry requirements

  • Candidates may have achieved Maths, English and ICT qualifications at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C/4, or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment
  • Candidates need a qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in their vocational/subject specialism
  • Many candidates will already possess a Level 3 qualification in Assessing. Depending on the specific education and training context, employers (and/or awarding organisations) may require candidates without an Assessor qualification to achieve this prior to completion of their apprenticeship

Course Content

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding assessor-coach who has a positive impact on apprentice development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer.  You must achieve:

  • Level 1 in Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT if you do not have these at entry (or their equivalent)
  • End-point Assessment to show you have evidenced the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external End-point Assessment Centre)

Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

The Standard consists of the following:

  1. Plan coaching and assessment
  2. Deliver coaching and support using effective coaching practice
  3. Assess learners using effective vocational assessments
  4. Support quality improvement

 

How will I be assessed?

You will have study time to work with your assessor one-to-one and attend small group teaching workshops.  This will support you to prepare for end-point assessment, consisting of professional discussion and observation.  This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre. The end-point assessment consists of:

  1. Submission of a showcase of exemplary practice
  2. A professional discussion informed by the showcase
  3. Observations of assessor-coach practice followed by questions and answers

 

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as an assessor-coach or related role in the FE and Skills Sector or in a private sector organisation which employs apprentices
  • Progress to a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or a full teaching role and qualification such as the Level 5 Certificate of Education
  • Progress to a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance
  • Progress to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

The Assessor-Coach may also be eligible to progress to a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth takes big steps in small animal teaching

Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching.
 
Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job. She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall.
 
Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers. As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
 
She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.

The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.


I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.

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