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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group offers a range of high quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its Academy of Professional Education, Training and Development provision was graded outstanding by an Ofsted inspection in December 2015.

Building on this success, Derby College Group is offering a new and innovative route to qualifying as an assessor, trainer, workshop demonstrator and/or coach in the education and training sector. 

Achieving the Higher Apprenticeship Assessor-Coach qualification will enable you to develop and assess apprentices, workplace students and workshop training. With apprenticeships expected to expand significantly, this will enhance your employment opportunities and employability.  We can tailor the learning to meet your job role and the needs of your employer.

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding assessor-coach who has a positive impact on apprentice development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer.  You must achieve:

  • Level 1 in Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and ICT if you do not have these at entry (or their equivalent)
  • End-point Assessment to show you have evidenced the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external End-point Assessment Centre)

Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or Level 2 Award in Assessing Competence in the Workplace
  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

Learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your needs, although you will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.  There will be developmental observations of your practice.

 

Entry requirements

  • Candidates may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C, or above) prior to commencing their training. Those that have not must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment
  • Candidates need a qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in their vocational/subject specialism
  • Many candidates will already possess a Level 3 qualification in Assessing. Depending on the specific education and training context, employers (and/or awarding organisations) may require candidates without an Assessor qualification to achieve this prior to completion of their apprenticeship

Course Content

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding assessor-coach who has a positive impact on apprentice development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer.  You must achieve:

  • Level 1 in Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and ICT if you do not have these at entry (or their equivalent)
  • End-point Assessment to show you have evidenced the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external End-point Assessment Centre)

Depending on your role, your employer may also wish you to achieve:

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

The Standard consists of the following:

  1. Plan coaching and assessment
  2. Deliver coaching and support using effective coaching practice
  3. Assess learners using effective vocational assessments
  4. Support quality improvement

 

How will I be assessed?

You will have study time to work with your assessor one-to-one and attend small group teaching workshops.  This will support you to prepare for end-point assessment, consisting of professional discussion and observation.  This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre. The end-point assessment consists of:

  1. Submission of a showcase of exemplary practice
  2. A professional discussion informed by the showcase
  3. Observations of assessor-coach practice followed by questions and answers

 

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as an assessor-coach or related role in the FE and Skills Sector or in a private sector organisation which employs apprentices
  • Progress to a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or a full teaching role and qualification such as the Level 5 Certificate of Education
  • Progress to a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance
  • Progress to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

The Assessor-Coach may also be eligible to progress to a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Charmaine Simpson

Charmaine Simpson

New career as Teaching Assistant on menu for former Chef Charmaine

Former chef Charmaine Simpson will soon have all the ingredients she needs to change career and become a teaching assistant, thanks to Derby College. The mum of two from Shelton Lock is currently studying part-time for the Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants after gaining her level 2 qualification last year.
 
Studying at the Roundhouse marks a return to Derby College for Charmaine who trained as a chef at the former Mackworth campus several years ago. She enjoyed her catering course and was happy to go back to the college when the opportunity arose for her to retrain.
 
Charmaine realised she was interested in working with children when her son was still a baby. She was impressed with how staff at her son's nursery interacted with the children and thought she'd like a job like that. Although she liked her job as a chef at Severn Trent Water, she wanted to do something which allowed her to spend more time with her young family.
 
So, she started volunteering in the classroom at Shelton Infants School, where her children attend, which firmed up her decision to become a TA. Charmaine is currently employed as a dinner lady at the school but hopes to get a job as a TA once she has completed her level 3 course.

I decided to go to Derby College partly because other people at school had done their TA course there and also because I'd had a good experience when I did my chef's course.


I'm enjoying my Level 3. The teaching staff are very helpful and if I run into difficulties I can talk to Jo, my student tutor.

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