Academy of Professional Education, Training and Development

Are you a prospective student?

Looking for a career change? Already working in education and need to update your skills and knowledge? Want to teach English as a foreign language? If you’re interested in our programmes, you can apply as an individual – Find out more about our Professional Development and Training Courses.

Are you an employer seeking high quality continuing professional development for your staff?

The Academy of Professional Development and Training at Derby College

offers a range of high quality initial teacher training educational support and continuing professional development programmes

Customised workshops to meet your individual needs

Our range of training workshops and qualifications can effectively support you to upskill your trainers and managers. Bespoke workshops can be negotiated with you and delivered at your workplace or at Derby College for maximum efficiency and convenience

Flexibility and choice

We offer a range of courses and workshops, as needs arise, throughout the year to reflect diverse needs and aspirations. They are tailored to suit each employer’s needs and the individual’s experience, job role and ambitions. Throughout, you’ll benefit from the support of our experienced and friendly Professional Academy who will guide you to maximise your individual and business potential.

We will meet with you on an individual basis to discuss the most appropriate workshop for your organisation. You will be allocated a dedicated team member to manage the process.

An excellent learning experience for your organisation with:

  • High calibre, relevant and up-to-date training delivered by our experienced team members;
  • Professional, inspiring and highly experienced trainers to motivate your employees;
  • One-to-one support;
  • Invaluable insights into the latest technology-enhanced learning, innovations in teaching and learning, and educational policy and developments;
  • Clear and bespoke progression routes to enhance organisation performance;
  • Delivery models to suit your business needs.

We also offer the following courses which include a range of high quality teacher training, educational support, and continuing professional development programmes:


  • L3 Award in Education and Training
  • L2 Award in PREVENT and Safeguarding
  • Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring
  • L3 Certificate in Effective Coaching
  • Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
  • Introduction to Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • L2 Certificate for Teaching Assistants
  • L3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants
  • L4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Apprenticeships in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 4 Award In The Internal Quality Assurance Of Assessment Processes And Practice


  • L3 Award in Education and Training
  • L5 Certificate in Education
  • L7 Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • PGCE Module – Teaching Maths
  • PGCE Module – Behaviour for Learning
  • PGCE Module – Supporting Learners with Disabilities
  • Higher Apprenticeship - Learning and Skills Teacher


  • Award in Assessing (short course)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Workplace
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
  • Internal Quality Assurance (short course)
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment, Processes, and Practice
  • Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 3 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
  • Higher Apprenticeship – Assessor Coach
  • Learning Mentor Apprenticeship Standard


  • Introduction to Being a Teaching Assistant
  • Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
  • Level 2 Certificate Teaching Assistants
  • Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants
  • Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

For further information on any of our courses or to discuss your bespoke requirements, please email Kellie Hall –


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