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Level: 7

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 33

Hours: 4.00

Start: 14/09/2021

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

Tuition (£): 3750.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

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 (if your degree is a lower classification you may be eligible for the Certificate in Education programme)
  • An ETF recognised Level 2 qualification in English
  • An ETF recognised Level 2 qualification in Maths
  • Access to a minimum of 50 hours teaching per 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

  • 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, Supporting Learners with Disabilities, 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 will 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.

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?


What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Sophie Nelson

Sophie Nelson

Sophie finds true vocation thanks to Derby College

Former Derby College student Sophie Nelson is looking forward to starting a degree in occupational therapy next year. But Sophie, who has completed her Higher Level Teaching Assistants course at the Roundhouse “never in a million years” thought she would be going to university.    
She said: “I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.”    
Sophie who is 27 and originally from Mickleover, thought she wanted to be a police officer when she first left school so took levels 2 and 3 of the Public Services course at Broomfield Hall.    
She added: “We had to do a lot of volunteering on that course so I volunteered at St Andrews Academy in Derby, a school for 11 to 19-year-olds with special educational needs. I absolutely loved it. I realised exactly what I wanted to do, so, after finishing college, I went on to work as a teaching assistant at other special schools. Before that I’d always known I wanted a job which would benefit the community, but not teach.”  
To further her knowledge, Sophie enrolled on the level four course for higher level teaching assistants, which she completed in 2019.    
Due to take up her place at Derby University in September 2021, she is soon to start a new job in a secondary school. In her role as student engagement and learning mentor, Sophie will be supporting students with learning difficulties resulting from social, emotional or behavioural issues.    
She added: “Once I have finished my degree I would like to be an occupational therapist, specialising in supporting children with special needs to live the most fulfilling life possible. My mum worked for Leicestershire Disabled Children’s Service and at a young age I was aware of special needs and the importance of inclusion.”  

I wasn’t that confident in my own abilities and didn’t think I was good enough. At school I put my focus into making people laugh rather than learning but as I’ve grown up I‘ve realised the importance of studying, and that it’s never too late... I’m capable of doing everything that’s required of me on a degree course, including the referencing and academic writing. Thanks to Derby College I feel like I can do anything and would recommend the HLTA course 100%.


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