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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher training programmes.

Our trainees consistently exit as outstanding practitioners.  Employment data is very positive and most trainees secure relevant teaching jobs or enhance their teaching role in the sector.  Our cohorts come from a broad range of contexts across secondary education, further education and non-mainstream provision, allowing for a rich sharing of experiences to enhance learning opportunities.

Building on this success, DCG is offering a well-established and innovative route to qualifying as a teacher in the Post-14 sector: a supportive and rigorous Higher Apprenticeship route.  The apprentice teacher will earn as they learn and enjoy significant opportunity to develop their professional practice in classroom, work-based and workshop settings.

What are the benefits to you?

Specific Skills:

  • Undertaking educational research and applying learning to practice
  • Generic teaching, learning and assessment knowledge, theory and skills, including promoting positive behaviours for learning
  • Subject pedagogy
  • Professional behaviours of a teacher
  • Practising of safeguarding
  • Utilising digital technology

Transferable Skills:

  • Effective communication
  • Reflective practice
  • Building resilience
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Relationship building/engagement

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 by providing a subject specialism in teaching STEM, SEND, Maths or English
  • For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices.

Entry requirements

  • Teacher apprenticeship contract - minimum of 2.5 years to enable end-point assessment following two years of learning
  • Evidence of a Level 3 (at least) qualification in own subject-specialism
  • Evidence of an approved Level 2 qualification in English Language and Maths
  • A mentor in the organisation where you work to support your development

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 at Level 5
  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation

In addition to mandatory qualifications you may wish to enhance your studies by undertaking optional short courses in:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

How will I be assessed?

You will have study time 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-point assessment consisting of a thematic case study to evidence the knowledge and skills set out in the Apprenticeship Standard; submission of an online presentation showing your journey with ICT skills; a professional discussion and two observations of practice by the end-point assessor followed by questions and answers.  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?


What can I do after this course?

  • QTLS: Professional formation for the FE and Skills sector, equating to QTS in schools
  • A permanent position as a teacher in Post-14 Education, for example in schools, FE Colleges, training providers and prison education
  • A BA (Hons) Education Studies or Masters in Education (depending on your prior qualifications)

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Caroline Keeton

Caroline Keeton

Foundation degree is perfect stepping stone

Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.

She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.


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