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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 4.00

Start: 19/09/2017

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Tuition (£): 3000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector?  Are you teaching or planning to teach KS4 in a school or academy, or with a college, training provider, prison or the voluntary sector?

This programme gives you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career.  It is a part-time route to a full teacher qualification, offered in partnership with the University of Derby – an ideal “earn as you learn” route to qualification.

The programme has been designed to give you the right skills, knowledge and attitude to be an effective teacher. You will develop your knowledge of how people learn, how to plan effective and engaging teaching sessions and how to assess – both during the session and summative assessment. You will explore the context of your curriculum and the external pressures influencing it.

The programme is delivered using innovative learning methods, technology enhanced resources and one-to-one observations of you in your own practice.

Weekly attendance is required (four hours per week, 4:00 – 8:00 pm) over two years.  Please note - the evening of delivery may change in Year 2 of the course.  Tutorial opportunities are also available.  In addition to weekly attendance, a certain amount of self-study will be required, usually around four hours per week.

This programme will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.  In 2015-16, 19 students enrolled on this programme.   

This HEFCE-regulated programme is delivered at Derby College and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.  The programme is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus by our highly qualified, experienced Teacher Training team who, following a recent Ofsted inspection, have been ranked as ‘outstanding’ in the FE and Skills sector.

Upon successful completion of this Level 5 programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher in post-14 education. 

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 equivalent* qualification in English 
  • Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in Maths
  • (*Note - Access to HE credits in English and Maths are not equivalent)
  • Access to 50 hours teaching (in a full teaching role) each year (your teaching location must be within a 20-mile radius of Derby College's Roundhouse Campus)

Recognition of Prior Learning for some modules in Year 1 may be available for applicants with existing Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, Level 4 PTLLS or Level 4 CTLLS qualifications.

You will have an interview and, if you are successful, you will be offered a place.  All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. 

Course Content

Over the two years, you will study the following modules:

  • An Introduction to Teaching
  • Developing Practical Teaching Skills and Technology Enhanced Resources
  • The Theory of Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Studies
  • The Subject-Specialist

An optional module will also be undertaken in your second year.  Module options cover the following topics: Behaviours for Learning, Independent Research, Teaching in Schools and Technology Enhanced Learning.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used.  These include observations of your teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, individual and group presentations, and poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the professional teacher while incorporating key transferable skills.

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 learning theory.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

The course offers a foundation for professional development and enables you to apply for professional formation (QTLS) which is equated with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

The programme provides an ideal platform to top up to a degree in Education Studies or, in exceptional cases, you can progress straight to an MA ED at the University of Derby. You could also undertake further specialised qualifications such as Diplomas in Teaching Learners with Disabilities, Maths or English (Literacy), the Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) award. 


This course is validated by The University of Derby. 



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* 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

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Rhiannon Elliott

Rhiannon Elliott

Taking a teaching career to new levels

Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.

She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.

Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.
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