Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector? Are you teaching KS4 in a school or academy? 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 attitude to become an 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 summative assessment.
You will explore the context of your curriculum and 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 Derby College 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 by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for ITE (FE and Skills) in the last inspection (December 2015). The course is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. All students will have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
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:
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.
You will study a range of modules over the two years which will include:
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.
You are required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style, using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with academic research and learning theory.
You need stationery only.
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).
Former teaching assistant Catherine Connolly says qualifying as a teacher with Derby College has allowed her to work smarter, with more flexibility and on better pay.
A puppeteer and performer, Catherine, 52, said signing up for DCG’s part-time Post 14/19 Level 7 PGCE was the “best thing I have ever done.”
She now works three days a week for DCG, teaching English Functional Skills to adults. Catherine has upskilled from a specialist teaching assistant role at an independent school for alternative provision. She hopes to have a better work life balance, with more time for her puppetry.
After school Catherine took a BA Hons Degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. She also discovered the world of puppetry and performance, enjoying it so much that she followed it as a career. For many years Catherine went into schools and other venues as a creative practitioner.
Catherine liked working in schools and with the arrival of austerity impacting on her puppetry work, she became a teaching assistant, initially on supply. She realised she needed to upskill as a mature student to progress and after much consideration bit the bullet and signed up for her PGCE. Catherine landed her job having just finished her course.
She said: “It’s a massive change to work with adults, but I’m enjoying it. I’m telling everyone, get your PGCE! I’ve upskilled myself and I’ve got more time now to get involved in puppetry, fingers crossed. It’s an increase in salary, which is important. It’s given me the opportunity to work less and work smarter. I don’t want to be a principal or anything, but I do want to have that flexibility.”
Without the college, I wouldn’t have got where I am.