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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 03/11/2020

Days / Times: Tuesday 17:00 to 20:00

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

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Bethany Heyman

Bethany Heyman

Bethany lands teaching assistant role at first attempt

Derby College student Bethany Heyman never expected to get her first job as a teaching assistant at the first attempt.
Bethany, who is due to gain her Level 3 Teaching and Learning Assistant qualification in the next few weeks, applied for her newrole at a local primary school purely for the interview practice.
She knew she was up against applicants with much more experience and didn't think for one minute that she would be offered the job. But Bethany, who had been on a TA placement at another school, was successful and starts her new role at Howitt Primary School in Heanor after Easter.
Bethany, who is 26 and from Smalley, previously worked as a beauty therapist but decided on a change of career after having her daughter, who is now eight.
She wanted a job with hours which fitted in with being a mum, and she had always fancied working in a school.

Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter.

I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.


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