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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 54

Hours: 5.00

Start: 01/08/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College offers a range of high quality education programmes 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 and the University of Derby are working in partnership to offer a new and innovative route to full qualification as an assessor, trainer, workshop demonstrator and/or coach in the FE sector.

What are the benefits?

  • The apprentice assessor-coach route to qualification offers a work-based pathway to developing and qualifying assessors, trainers, workshop demonstrators and coaches
  • It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects
  • For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices


Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need to be 19 years old or over and provide evidence of:

  • An Assessor, Trainer, Workshop Demonstrator or Coaching apprenticeship contract (which provides access to a minimum of 30 teaching/training/assessing hours per year in Post-14 education)
  • Evidence of a minimum Level 3 qualification in the relevant subject-specialism
  • Evidence of a Level 2 in English Language
  • Access to a mentor in the organisation for which you work

You will have an interview and, if you are successful, you will be offered a place. 

Course Content

In order to evidence the apprenticeship standards, the apprentice teacher will attend College on a Tuesday to study towards achieving:

  • A Level 4 Professional Certificate in Education and Training
  • A Level 4 module in Coaching and Mentoring Learners to promote success (this is built into the teaching qualification)
  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
  • A Level 2 qualification in Maths, if this has not been achieved prior to commencing the apprenticeship
  • A Level 2 qualification in ICT to equip our future teachers with the skills in using ICT to enable learning

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice assessor-coach will be assessed using varied methods, including assignments, collaborative presentations, poster presentations and reflections.  Alongside this, there will be a minimum of six observations of practice conducted by the College tutors.  The apprentice will have a professional discussion to further evidence the standards. Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

You can:

  • Secure a permanent position as an assessor-coach in the FE sector
  • Progress to a full teaching qualification such as the Level 5 Certificate of Education (40 credits of 120 credits APL provided)
  • Progress to a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance


* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Louise Rea-Allen

Louise Rea-Allen

Career swap part-time student lands teachers’ job

Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.

She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.

"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.

"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."

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