Derby College offers a range of high quality education programmes and works in partnership with the University of Derby. Its teacher training provision was graded outstanding by a recent Ofsted inspection (December 2015).
Building on this success, Derby College is offering a new and innovative route to qualifying as an assessor, trainer, workshop demonstrator and/or coach in the Education and Training sector.
Achieving the Higher Apprenticeship Assessor-Coach qualification will enable you to develop and assess apprentices and workplace learners. With apprenticeships expected to expand significantly, it will enhance your employment opportunities and employability. We can tailor the learning to fit with your job role and the needs of your employer.
In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding assessor-coach who has a positive impact on apprentice development, you will work towards a set of qualifications bespoke to your needs and the needs of your employer. You must achieve:
Depending on your role, your employer may wish you to achieve:
You will have study time to work with your assessor one-to-one and will attend small group teaching workshops. These will support you to prepare for end-point assessment, which will consist of a variety of written tasks, professional discussion and observation. This is conducted by an independent end-point assessment centre.
Learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your own needs and those of your employer, although you will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications. There will also be developmental observations of your practice.
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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.