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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College offers a range of high-quality teacher training programmes in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its teacher training provision was graded 'outstanding' by a recent Ofsted inspection (December 2015).  Last year, 60% of our trainees exited as outstanding practitioners.  Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector.  More than one-third of our cohort (around 60 trainees per year) are teaching in the school sector.

Building on this success, Derby College is offering a new and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector.  It is a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route.  You will earn as you learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop your professional practice in classroom settings.

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

For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from May 2017, it offers a return on that Levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.

Entry requirements

  • A teacher apprenticeship contract
  • Evidence of a minimum Level 3 qualification in own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in English Language and Maths
  • A mentor in your organisation to support and develop you

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 Level 2 qualification in ICT to equip you with the skills for using ICT to enable learning

How will I be assessed?

You will have a study day 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 assessment, consisting of a variety of written tasks, professional discussion and observation.  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?

No

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a Teacher in Post-14 Education, for example in schools, FE colleges, training providers and prison education
  • Progress to a BA (Hons) Education Studies or Masters in Education (depending on your prior qualifications)

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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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