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.
Assessment will include a series of tasks, some written and some practical. You will plan, deliver and evaluate a micro-teach session on an appropriate topic of your choosing to evidence City & Guilds outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to peer-assess other micro-teaches, share good practice and identify areas for improvement, adopting these into your own practice.
You may need to provide your own resources when delivering your micro-teach.
You will be fully equipped to deliver teaching and training that is inclusive and of good quality.
You will be able to seek or continue training or teaching in the sector: employers favour applicants with this qualification.
You can also progress to higher level teaching qualifications such as the:
Please note - for courses marked * you will need evidence of Level 2 English and Maths qualifications.
Other courses you may want to consider are:
You may also want to consider subject-specific qualifications. Derby College Group offers a wide range of courses and qualifications to enable you to pursue and enhance your chosen career.
When former Derby College student Fotini Mansfield failed to get the A level grades she needed to study nursing at university, she panicked and wasn’t sure what to do for the best.
But focusing on the technical route to achieve her career ambitions has turned out to be one of the best career decisions she could have made.
Fotini went to Derby College to study for a BTEC level 3 in health and social care as it was relevant to her nursing ambitions.
While on the course she found a placement at St Martins Special School in Derby and loved it so much that teachers she worked with there suggested she trained as a teacher.
Seven years on, Fotini now has a teaching position at that school after returning to the Roundhouse two years ago and taking her PGCE.
She said: “We were only at college a few weeks before all our lectures moved online because of the pandemic. The course was amazing, very strategic, and I didn’t mind learning remotely, although I was glad that I’d had chance to meet the other students on my course in person. Our tutors showed us how to make full use of Teams, such as how to separate out into smaller groups online. It was hard at first and I was a bit nervous about it but there was no need to be. I soon got used to learning online and our tutors did all they could help us.”
Whilst waiting to complete her Qualified Teacher Status by Christmas, Fotini has been able to find her dream job at St Martins teaching key stage 4 – pupils aged between 14 and 16 and covering a whole range of subjects including food technology, life skills and maths.
She added: “I love it. I’ve been at St Martins for seven years if I count my placement. It’s massively rewarding and I feel so comfortable working in a special school.
When I didn’t do well in my A levels, I was upset at the time and really panicking but I’m massively happy with the way everything has turned out.”
The course was amazing, very strategic, and I didn’t mind learning remotely, although I was glad that I’d had chance to meet the other students on my course in person. Our tutors showed us how to make full use of Teams, such as how to separate out into smaller groups online. It was hard at first and I was a bit nervous about it but there was no need to be. I soon got used to learning online and our tutors did all they could help us.