Do you want to train to teach your subject-specialism or develop your training skills? If you have limited or no experience of teaching or training and would like to achieve a gateway qualification, this Level 3 Award might be the right course for you. It could be the start of your journey towards a full qualification or, alternatively, it may be sufficient to enable you to perform your current teaching/training role.
Many colleges require all their newly appointed trainee teachers to achieve this qualification, and some awarding bodies stipulate it as a minimum requirement for delivering their courses. If you are employed in a training role, it will provide you with a toolkit for delivering engaging training sessions. It is also ideal for those planning or embarking on a career change. You will attend College on one evening per week.
Emphasis is placed on developing your practical skills, and a key element of the course requires you to plan and deliver a session to your peers, using feedback to evaluate and develop your practice.
You need evidence of:
To secure a place on this course, you must attend an information/interview session.
You will be assessed through a series of tasks, some written and some practical, including planning, delivering and evaluating a micro-teach session to evidence City & Guilds outcomes.
You need to supply stationery, and you may need to provide your own resources when delivering your micro-teach.
You will be fully equipped to deliver inclusive and good quality teaching and training. You can also:
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.