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Level: 7

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 4.00

Start: 16/09/2019

Days / Times: Monday 16:00 to 20:00

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 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 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 Inclusion Curriculum teaching, Teaching English up to Level 2 in the Post 14 Sector, Teaching Maths up to Level 2 in 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 and regulated 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 (December 2015). 

All students benefit from access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages. 

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)

 

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 Inclusion, 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 and group 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 qualification.   

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.

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Bethany Heyman

Bethany Heyman

Bethany lands teaching assistant role at first attempt

Derby College student Bethany Heyman never expected to get her first job as a teaching assistant at the first attempt.
Bethany, who is due to gain her Level 3 Teaching and Learning Assistant qualification in the next few weeks, applied for her newrole at a local primary school purely for the interview practice.
She knew she was up against applicants with much more experience and didn't think for one minute that she would be offered the job. But Bethany, who had been on a TA placement at another school, was successful and starts her new role at Howitt Primary School in Heanor after Easter.
Bethany, who is 26 and from Smalley, previously worked as a beauty therapist but decided on a change of career after having her daughter, who is now eight.
She wanted a job with hours which fitted in with being a mum, and she had always fancied working in a school.

Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter.


I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.

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