Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector? Are you teaching KS4 in a school? Or are you pursuing a teaching career in a college or prison, with a training provider 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 a 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 professional behaviours to enable you to become a highly effective teacher. You will improve your knowledge of how people learn, how to plan effective and engaging teaching sessions and how to assess – both during the session and through summative assessment. You will be using theoretical underpinning knowledge to continuously improve your professional practice.
You will explore the context and the design of your curriculum, gaining a solid understanding of the external pressures influencing it. You will also have an opportunity to pursue a specific interest in the second year, such as Effective Classroom Management.
There are also pathway modules in Supporting Learners with Disabilities, Teaching English up to Level 2 in the Post-14 Sector, Training to Teach Maths up to Level 2 in the Post-14 Sector, Teaching Sport in the Post-14 Sector, and Teaching STEM Engineering. Further information on pathways will be available at the DCG 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 5 programme, you will be equipped to become an effective teacher in Post-14 education.
This course is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College Group by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for Initial Teacher Education (FE and Skills) in the last Ofsted inspection (December 2015). The course is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. All students will have access to the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle (online learning platform) pages.
All applicants must attend a PGCE/Cert Ed information session to receive details and an application pack. The event will include an informal interview to discuss your qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.
You need evidence of:
Recognition of Prior Learning for some modules in Year 1 may be available for applicants with an existing Level 4 PTLLS or CTLLS/Certificate in Education and Training qualification.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. This course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.
You will study a range of modules over the two years which will include:
Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of teaching techniques and be both supported and encouraged to experiment with these techniques within your own classroom so that you exit the programme as a creative and innovative practitioner.
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 and group presentations and academic poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional teacher while incorporating key transferable skills.
Once you have achieved a full teaching qualification you can secure a teaching role in the post-14 sector as a qualified teacher. This is only the beginning of a rich and rewarding career in education - with further experience you can progress your role into educational management and leadership.
Some of you will want to achieve an assessor qualification, especially if you are teaching apprentices or undertaking workshop/workplace training.
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).
Cert Ed student Chunyan Baker taught in her native China but needed additional qualifications before she could begin training to be a teacher in the UK.
She decided to apply for the two-year part-time level 5 course at Derby College after it was recommended to her by a friend who had completed it.
To get accepted for Cert Ed though, Chunyan first had to take GCSEs in maths and English as well as Functional English Level 2 at the Roundhouse.
Chunyan, who is now in her second year, said: “This is the first time I’ve been in higher education so for me writing research proposals and presentations is a new challenge.
“I’ve been well supported by all my tutors, Michael, Sally, Roberta, and Lynsey, in my tutorials. I’ve also had support sessions with HE study coaches on grammar, critical thinking skills and in other areas.
“The teachers are so dedicated and the support they give their students is brilliant .That’s also true of the learning resources network at Derby College, such as the library, computers and IT support.”
Before lockdown Chunyan taught Mandarin Chinese at several schools in and around Derby.
She added: “It’s a language that isn’t on the GCSE curriculum locally so I was doing it part-time at after school clubs paid for by the schools themselves or in some cases privately by parents.”
Chunyan hopes to resume teaching when the lockdown ends but hasn’t ruled out other possible future careers including reception work and office administration. She’s found the computer skills course extremely useful in day-to-day life as well as when she’s teaching and is keen to progress to level 2 at the Roundhouse.
I’ve been well supported by all my tutors, Michael, Sally, Roberta, and Lynsey, in my tutorials. I’ve also had support sessions with HE study coaches on grammar, critical thinking skills and in other areas.
“The teachers are so dedicated and the support they give their students is brilliant .That’s also true of the learning resources network at Derby College, such as the library, computers and IT support.