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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher training programmes in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its teacher training provision was graded outstanding in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Our trainees consistently exit as outstanding practitioners.  Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector.  Our cohorts come from a broad range of contexts across secondary education, further education and non-mainstream provision, allowing for a rich sharing of experiences to enhance learning opportunities.

Building on this success, DCG is offering a well established and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector: a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route.  The apprentice teacher will earn as they learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop their professional practice in classroom, work-based and workshop settings.

What are the benefits to you?

Specific Skills:

  • Undertaking educational research and applying learning to practice
  • Generic teaching, learning and assessment knowledge, theory and skills, including promoting positive behaviours for learning
  • Subject pedagogy
  • Professional behaviours of a teacher
  • Practising of safeguarding
  • Utilising digital technology

Transferable Skills:

  • Effective communication
  • Reflective practice
  • Build resilience
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Relationship building/engagement

What are the benefits for employers?

  • The apprentice teacher route to full qualification offers an expansive and rigorous work-based route to developing and qualifying teachers in the Learning and Skills Sector, which includes post-14 education (Key Stage 4 in schools)

  • It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects by providing a subject specialism in teaching STEM, SEND, Maths or English

For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, it offers a return on that Levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.

Entry requirements

  • Teacher apprenticeship contract - minimum of 2.5 years to enable end-point assessment following two years of learning
  • Evidence of a Level 3 (at least) qualification in own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of an approved Level 2 qualification in English Language and Maths
  • A mentor in the organisation where you work to support your development

Course Content

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding teacher who has a positive impact on learners in the sector, you will work towards a set of qualifications.  If you haven’t already got the following qualifications, you are required to achieve:

  • A full teaching qualification (Certificate in Education) at Level 5 (awarded by the University of Derby)
  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
  • A programme of learning in ICT to equip you with the skills for using ICT to enable learning

In addition to mandatory qualifications you may wish to enhance your studies by undertaking optional short courses in:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

How will I be assessed?

You will have study time to work in your curriculum team and to attend College to work towards qualifications, meet with your personal tutor and plan your own professional development/prepare for end-point assessment. 

The apprentice teacher will be assessed using varied methods, including assignments, collaborative presentations, poster presentations and reflections.  Alongside this, there will be a minimum of eight observations of practice conducted by our expert tutors in the Teacher Training Academy or your workplace mentor. 

You will also have an end-point assessment consisting of a Thematic Case Study to evidence the knowledge and skills set out in the Standard; submission of an Online Presentation showing your journey with ICT skills; a Professional Discussion and two Observations of Practice by the End-Point Assessor followed by Question and Answer.  This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre.  Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

  • QTLS: Professional formation for the FE and Skills sector, equating to QTS in schools
  • A permanent position as a teacher in Post-14 Education, for example in schools, FE Colleges, training providers and prison education
  • A BA (Hons) Education Studies or Masters in Education (depending on your prior qualifications)

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Kerry Armstrong

Kerry Armstrong

PGCE is springboard into full-time teaching job for PE teacher Kerry

Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching.   Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September.  
Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield.  
This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College.  
She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."

The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.

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