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