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 Effective Classroom Management.
There are also pathway modules in Supporting Learners with Disabilities, 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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
When former Derby College student Fotini Mansfield failed to get the A level grades she needed to study nursing at university, she panicked and wasn’t sure what to do for the best.
But focusing on the technical route to achieve her career ambitions has turned out to be one of the best career decisions she could have made.
Fotini went to Derby College to study for a BTEC level 3 in health and social care as it was relevant to her nursing ambitions.
While on the course she found a placement at St Martins Special School in Derby and loved it so much that teachers she worked with there suggested she trained as a teacher.
Seven years on, Fotini now has a teaching position at that school after returning to the Roundhouse two years ago and taking her PGCE.
She said: “We were only at college a few weeks before all our lectures moved online because of the pandemic. The course was amazing, very strategic, and I didn’t mind learning remotely, although I was glad that I’d had chance to meet the other students on my course in person. Our tutors showed us how to make full use of Teams, such as how to separate out into smaller groups online. It was hard at first and I was a bit nervous about it but there was no need to be. I soon got used to learning online and our tutors did all they could help us.”
Whilst waiting to complete her Qualified Teacher Status by Christmas, Fotini has been able to find her dream job at St Martins teaching key stage 4 – pupils aged between 14 and 16 and covering a whole range of subjects including food technology, life skills and maths.
She added: “I love it. I’ve been at St Martins for seven years if I count my placement. It’s massively rewarding and I feel so comfortable working in a special school.
When I didn’t do well in my A levels, I was upset at the time and really panicking but I’m massively happy with the way everything has turned out.”
The course was amazing, very strategic, and I didn’t mind learning remotely, although I was glad that I’d had chance to meet the other students on my course in person. Our tutors showed us how to make full use of Teams, such as how to separate out into smaller groups online. It was hard at first and I was a bit nervous about it but there was no need to be. I soon got used to learning online and our tutors did all they could help us.