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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 33

Hours: 4.00

Start: 14/09/2020

Days / Times: Monday 16:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 3250.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector?  Are you teaching KS4 in a school? Or are you pursuing a teaching career in a college or prison, with a training provider or in the voluntary sector?  This course will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career.  It is an in-service part-time route to a full teacher qualification, offered in partnership with the University of Derby – an ideal “earn as you learn” route to qualification.

The programme has been designed to develop your skills, knowledge and professional behaviours to enable you to become a highly effective teacher. You will improve your knowledge of how people learn, how to plan effective and engaging teaching sessions and how to assess – both during the session and through summative assessment.  You will be using theoretical underpinning knowledge to continuously improve your professional practice.

You will explore the context and the design of your curriculum, gaining a solid understanding of the external pressures influencing it. You will also have an opportunity to pursue a specific interest in the second year, such as Professional Research Project and Effective Classroom Management. 

There are also pathway modules in Teaching and Learning for Inclusion, Teaching English up to Level 2 in the Post-14 Sector, Training to Teach Maths up to Level 2 in the Post-14 Sector, Teaching Sport in the Post-14 Sector, and Teaching STEM Engineering. Further information on pathways will be available at the DCG information session.

The course is delivered using innovative learning methods, technology enhanced resources and one-to-one observations of you in your own practice.   Upon successful completion of this Level 5 programme, you will be equipped to become an effective teacher in Post-14 education. 

This course is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College Group by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for Initial Teacher Education (FE and Skills) in the last Ofsted inspection (December 2015). The course is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.  All students will have access to the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle (online learning platform) pages. 

Entry requirements

All applicants must attend a PGCE/Cert Ed information session to receive details and an application pack.  The event will include an informal interview to discuss your qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.

You need evidence of:

  • At least a Level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to what you teach
  • An ETF recognised Level 2 qualification in English 
  • An ETF recognised Level 2 qualification in Maths
  • Access to a minimum of 50 hours teaching (in a full teaching role) each year

Recognition of Prior Learning for some modules in Year 1 may be available for applicants with an existing Level 4 PTLLS or CTLLS/Certificate in Education and Training qualification.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.  This course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments. 

Course Content

You will study a range of modules over the two years which will include:

  • An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Using Evidence Based Practice to Improve Teaching
  • Educational Theory in Practice
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Curriculum for Inclusive Practice
  • An Optional Module – such as Professional Research Project or Effective Classroom Management (or, for those on a Specialist Pathway, a specialist module in Teaching Mathematics, English, Sport, Inclusion Curriculum or Engineering)

Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of teaching techniques and be both supported and encouraged to experiment with these techniques within your own classroom so that you exit the programme as a creative and innovative practitioner.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used.  These include observations of your teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, individual and group presentations and academic poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional teacher while incorporating key transferable skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

Once you have achieved a full teaching qualification you can secure a teaching role in the post-14 sector as a qualified teacher.  This is only the beginning of a rich and rewarding career in education - with further experience you can progress your role into educational management and leadership.

Some of you will want to achieve an assessor qualification, especially if you are teaching apprentices or undertaking workshop/workplace training.

This course offers a foundation for professional development and enables you to apply for professional formation (QTLS) which is now equated with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth Spinks

Elizabeth takes big steps in small animal teaching

Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching.
 
Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job. She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall.
 
Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers. As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
 
She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.

The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.


I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.

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