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Level: 7

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 4.00

Start: 19/09/2017

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Tuition (£): 3500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you want to become a fully qualified teacher in post-14 education?  Do you want a Masters level qualification in teaching?  Are you teaching or planning to teach KS4 in a school or academy, or to teach in a college, training provider, prison or the voluntary sector? 

This programme will give 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 programme.  Tutorial opportunities are also available.  In addition to weekly attendance, a certain amount of self-study will also be required, usually around four hours per week.

This programme will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.  In 2015-16, 18 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 and 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 7 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:

  • An Honours Degree (class 2:2 or above) in a subject relevant to what you teach
  • A Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in English
  • A Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in Maths
  • (*Note - Access to HE credits in English and Maths are not equivalent)
  • Access to a minimum of 50 hours teaching each year, in a full teaching role (your teaching location must be within a 20-mile radius of Derby College's Roundhouse Campus)

All applicants must attend a PGCE/Cert Ed information session to receive an application pack.  There will be an informal interview to discuss qualifications, experience and any other related issues.

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:

  • Introductory Award in Education and Training
  • Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories and Principles of Educational Practice
  • Curriculum in Context
  • 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 academic research and learning theory in a manner commensurate with Masters level study.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

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

It also provides you with an ideal platform to progress straight to an MA ED. If you progress to the University of Derby, you will already have achieved credits towards your Masters.  Alternatively, you can apply to study specialised Diplomas in Teaching Learners with Disabilities, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English (Literacy) or Mathematics.


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

About the Roundhouse »

Caroline Keeton

Caroline Keeton

Foundation degree is perfect stepping stone

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.

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