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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.00

Start: 05/10/2016

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you teach learners with disabilities?  Would you like to explore strategies for effectively teaching learners with disabilities and take the opportunity to consider theories and current policy?  Would you like a recognised qualification that evidences your specialist role in teaching?  This Level 5 programme enables you to achieve a specialist qualification in teaching learners with disabilities.

This course is delivered at Derby College and the qualification is awarded by City & Guilds.  It has been developed for teachers who hold a generic teaching qualification or untrained teachers who have significant experience of teaching.

You will study three modules at Level 5.  These are designed to facilitate you to critically evaluate the policy framework of SEND, both nationally and locally, and to explore your own professional practice. 

Benefits are:

  • Improved practice in teaching SEND learners
  • A specialist qualification in SEND to evidence your professional practice
  • Evidence of your commitment to upskill in your specialist practice
  • Currency of knowledge of policy and practice in SEND

This course requires a minimum of eight enrolments to run.  You will be notified two weeks prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.

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:

  • At least a Level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to your teaching specialism
  • Level 2, or an equivalent qualification, in English
  • A teacher training qualification OR significant experience in teaching learners with disabilities/ability to plan learning
  • Access to at least 50 hours teaching learners with disabilities (in a full teaching role). Some of these hours must include delivery to groups of learners

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

Course Content

  • Understanding Theories and Frameworks for Teaching Learners with Disabilities (15 credits)
  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning for Learners with Disabilities (15 credits)
  • Action Learning for Teaching in a Specialist Area of Disability (15 credits)

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework and teaching practice, which includes group and individual presentations, an action research project, reflective writing and assignment tasks, a portfolio of professional practice and four graded observations of your practice, followed by reflection and self-evaluation.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You just need stationery.

What can I do after this course?

On gaining this Diploma, you can pursue or continue developing a teaching career in the Education and Skills sector, specialising in working with learners with disabilities.

Additionally, you could progress to a BA (Hons) Education Studies, a Foundation Degree (SEND) or a Masters in Education (dependent on your current qualifications).


* 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 »

Jacqui Heath

Jacqui Heath

Tutor Jacqui helps students find the right words thanks to TESOL course

Tutor Jacqui Heath is teaching students from all over the world to improve their English and literacy skills after she gained Level 5 Diploma in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) via Derby College.
Jacqui, whose background is in PR and journalism, initially took a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course at her local college.
She wanted a career which combined her professional writing and editing skills with the teaching experience she gained while home educating her children.
Motivated by the rewards and challenges of adult education, she decided to further her qualifications by enrolling for the Derby College TESOL course.  She gained the level 5 diploma in 2013.
Since then, Jacqui has taught students from across the globe – including Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan and Eastern Europe – to confidently speak, read and write English.
Rather than studying online, Jacqui chose to go to Derby College so she could observe how her teachers delivered sessions.
Jacqui added:

The tutors gave generously of their expert experience as we gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch ourselves into an ESL teaching career, whether at home or abroad. I think the most important thing I left with was the confident thumbs up from the excellent teaching staff.

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