Are you a fully qualified teacher in post-14 education who wishes to develop a specialism in working with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities? Are you teaching or planning to teach KS4 in a school or academy, or to teach in a college, with a training provider, in a prison or in the voluntary sector? This module will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career. It is offered in partnership with the University of Derby.
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 5/7 programme, you will be equipped to become an effective teacher in post-14 education.
This module is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College Group and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. The course is delivered by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for Initial Teacher Education (FE and Skills) in the last inspection (December 2015). All students benefit from access to the Derby College Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle (online learning platform) pages.
All applicants must attend an informal interview to discuss their qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.
You need evidence of:
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.
Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used. This includes creating a resource for a specific learning disability which is then used with your students and critically evaluated, and an essay which evaluates a SEND curriculum to improve outcomes for young people with SEN and/or disabilities.
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.
This module, alongside your teaching qualification, provides you with an ideal platform to progress. At Level 7 this would enable you to progress straight to an MA ED. If you progress to the University of Derby, you will already have achieved 60 credits towards your Masters qualification. At Level 5 it would give you additional credits to progress to a full honours degree.
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.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. www.derby.ac.uk
Volunteering at a primary school ten years ago, has opened up a whole new career for trainee teacher Danielle Constantinides.
Danielle, who recently finished her foundation degree in Children and Young People’s Service with Derby College Group, is soon to begin her top-up degree in Early Childhood Studies. And in September 2022 she is taking the assessment only PGCE course to gain QTS, qualified teacher status, as quickly as possible.
Danielle loves being with her class of eight-to nine-year-olds at Lakeside Primary Academy in Alvaston, where she is both a teacher and a TA.
She said: I’m currently working in two part-time roles at Lakeside – spending two days a week as a teacher and three days as a TA. It’s good as I get to see teaching from both sides.
I like teaching Year 4 children as they’re old enough to have developed their personalities. You can share a joke with them in the way that you couldn’t with the younger age groups as they wouldn’t understand.”
Despite having to learn online due to the pandemic, Danielle enjoyed her foundation degree course and the support network it provided.
She added: “You know you can always go to the tutors for help. We’ve been studying online but that’s worked ok for me with working five days a week and being a mum. I’m also in a WhatsApp group with other students on my course so we’re able to stay in touch and bounce ideas off each other.
“There’s some really useful practical information on the foundation course. For example, it’s interesting to learn how external agencies interact with schools and to get their viewpoint.”
Danielle, who has a 14-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, has held many different jobs since she left school, including working in a pub for 10 years.
She said: “Although I’d never considered teaching until I started volunteering, it’s a great job for someone like me. I like lots of variety in my work and love meeting new people. As a teacher, every day is different and, every school year there’s a new classroom cohort to get to know.”
You know you can always go to the tutors for help. We’ve been studying online but that’s worked ok for me with working five days a week and being a mum. I’m also in a WhatsApp group with other students on my course so we’re able to stay in touch and bounce ideas off each other.