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 Professional Research Project and Effective Classroom Management.
There are also pathway modules in Teaching and Learning for Inclusion, 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 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:
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.
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.
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 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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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).
It also 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.
Former teaching assistant Catherine Connolly says qualifying as a teacher with Derby College has allowed her to work smarter, with more flexibility and on better pay.
A puppeteer and performer, Catherine, 52, said signing up for DCG’s part-time Post 14/19 Level 7 PGCE was the “best thing I have ever done.”
She now works three days a week for DCG, teaching English Functional Skills to adults. Catherine has upskilled from a specialist teaching assistant role at an independent school for alternative provision. She hopes to have a better work life balance, with more time for her puppetry.
After school Catherine took a BA Hons Degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. She also discovered the world of puppetry and performance, enjoying it so much that she followed it as a career. For many years Catherine went into schools and other venues as a creative practitioner.
Catherine liked working in schools and with the arrival of austerity impacting on her puppetry work, she became a teaching assistant, initially on supply. She realised she needed to upskill as a mature student to progress and after much consideration bit the bullet and signed up for her PGCE. Catherine landed her job having just finished her course.
She said: “It’s a massive change to work with adults, but I’m enjoying it. I’m telling everyone, get your PGCE! I’ve upskilled myself and I’ve got more time now to get involved in puppetry, fingers crossed. It’s an increase in salary, which is important. It’s given me the opportunity to work less and work smarter. I don’t want to be a principal or anything, but I do want to have that flexibility.”
Without the college, I wouldn’t have got where I am.