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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College offers a range of high-quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its Teacher Training provision was graded outstanding by an Ofsted inspection in December 2015.

Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships. It is central to work-based learning provision, further, adult and higher education, offender learning and the voluntary sector.

Apprenticeships are expected to expand significantly, and this qualification will enhance your employment opportunities and employability.  We can tailor the learning to meet your job role and the needs of your employer.

What are the benefits for employers?

  • The programme offers a work-based route to developing and qualifying mentors who work with learners and apprentices in a range of settings.

  • The role can actively promote learning in the workplace, and promote engagement and inclusion for learners in all settings.

  • 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 Learning Mentor apprenticeship contract
  • Evidence of an appropriate level qualification in your own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of a Level 2 qualification in English Language
  • A mentor within your organisation to support and develop you

Course Content

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding Learning Mentor who has a positive impact on apprentice development and/or learner development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer.  You will achieve:

  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, 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 Train the Trainer qualification or a Level 3 Award in Education and Training which will develop your skillset in delivering effective training to groups

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through review cycles that allow you to develop and maintain an effective portfolio of evidence.  The portfolio allows you to show exemplar practice by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.  This will be through developmental observations of your competency and professional discussions that allow you to demonstrate comprehension, culminating in a showcase of work.

You will have study time to work with your assessor one-to-one and will attend small group teaching workshops.  These will support you to prepare for end-point assessment which is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre. 

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

  • Secure a permanent position as a Learning Mentor or related role in the FE and Skills Sector, in Higher Education, in schools or in a private sector organisation which employs apprentices
  • Progress to a teaching or assessing qualification/role
  • Progress to a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (depending on your prior qualifications and role)

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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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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