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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 03/11/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

Adult Loan Amount: 1417.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Certificate enables you to further develop your teaching and training skills, knowledge and professional behaviours. Perhaps you are a WBL practitioner delivering some off-the-job training, or training is part of your job role?  Maybe you are a workshop demonstrator or coach?  If training or teaching is part of your job role, and you need or desire a professional qualification, this engaging and practical course is the one for you.  It enables you to develop your practical teaching skills and engage with educational research and theories so that you exit as a confident and able teacher or trainer.

You will attend College one evening per week and will need access to a minimum of 30 hours of teaching or training throughout the course duration.  You will be observed in practice three times to support the development of your teaching skills and this will inform your professional development plan and is part of your assessment.

Benefits include:

  • Developing a skill set to teach or train in the Education and Training sector
  • An employability advantage
  • A recognised teaching qualification
  • 40 credits towards a 120-credit Level 5 Cert Ed (which leads to full qualification)

Entry requirements

You need evidence of:

  • A qualification in your subject-specialism at an appropriate level and relevant up-to-date experience in your vocational / subject-specialism
  • Approved Level 2 qualification in English
  • Approved Level 2 qualification in Maths - or you should be working towards this
  • The ability to undertake at least 30 hours of teaching in your specialist area during the course. These can be paid or part of a formal voluntary role (evidence will be required). You must plan, deliver and evaluate these taught hours

To secure a place on this course, you need to attend one of our information/interview sessions.

Course Content

To be successful in this qualification, you will achieve a minimum of 36 credits and will evidence your understanding of:

  • Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Planning to Meet the Needs of Learners
  • Engaging and Effective Teaching and Training Strategies and Resources
  • Assessment and checks on learning
  • Your own continuing professional practice in your specialist area

Working at Level 4 provides you with the opportunity to explore theory and apply it to your practice so that you develop an evidence base for driving forward your teaching and training skills. 

You will be encouraged to try new strategies, take risks and reflect on these experiences, so that you become a reflective practitioner.  You will engage in self-assessment against the Society for Education and Training Professional Standards and plan your own development.

How will I be assessed?

You will engage in a variety of assessment methods, including written academic assignments, presentations, posters, reflective learning journals, a portfolio of professional practice and professional discussions.

The assessment strategy enables you to experience assessments that you might use with your own learners, and develops your academic and communication skills and confidence.  Assessment at Level 4 requires you to use academic sources and Harvard Referencing systems.  We will work with you to develop and refresh your academic skills.

In addition, you will have three observations of your teaching practice during the course which are graded against Ofsted criteria.  To achieve this qualification, you will exit as at least a ‘good’ (Grade 2) teacher.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need to supply stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

  • Further develop a teaching, training or assessing role in Education and Training (Post-14)
  • Progress to the Level 5 Cert Ed or Level 7 PGCE - provided in partnership with the University of Derby (leading to a full teaching qualification)
  • Progress to a Coaching qualification
  • Progress to an Assessing qualification
  • Consider other subject-specific courses and qualifications

DCG offers a wide range of courses and qualifications to enable you to further pursue and enhance your chosen career.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

Diploma reminds teaching assistant Laura of her love of learning

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.


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