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Level: 7

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 34

Hours: 4.00

Start: 19/09/2017

Days / Times: Tuesday 16:00 to 20:00

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, with a training provider, in a prison or in the voluntary sector? 

This course will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career.  It is an in-service part-time route to 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 develop your skills, knowledge and attitudes to become an effective teacher. You will develop your knowledge of how people learn, how to plan effective and engaging teaching sessions, and formative and summative assessment strategies.

You will explore the context of your curriculum and the external pressures influencing it. You will also have an opportunity to pursue a specific interest in the second year, such as Behaviour Management, Independent Research or HE in Further Education. 

There are also pathway modules in delivering Maths, English (Literacy), STEM Engineering, SEND and Sport.  Further information on the pathways will be available at the Derby College information session.

The course is delivered using innovative learning methods, technology enhanced resources and one-to-one observations of you in your own practice.  Upon successful completion of this Level 7 programme, you will be equipped to be an effective teacher in post-14 education. 

This HEFCE-funded course is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.  The course is delivered by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for ITE (FE and Skills) in the last inspection. 

Entry requirements

All applicants must attend a PGCE/Cert Ed information session for further details and an application pack.  The event will include an informal interview to discuss your qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.

You need evidence of:

  • An Honours Degree (class 2:2 or above) in a subject relevant to what you teach
  • A recognised Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in English
  • A recognised Level 2 or equivalent* qualification in Maths
  • Access to a minimum of 50 hours teaching each year (in a full teaching role)

(*Note - Access to HE credits in English and Maths are not equivalent)

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.  The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.

Course Content

You will study a range of modules over the two years which will include:

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Embedding Evidence Based Practice to Improve Teaching
  • Applying Theory to Educational Practice
  • The Reflective Professional
  • Curriculum in Context
  • An Optional Module – such as Behaviour Management, Independent Research or HE in Further Education

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 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 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 60 credits towards your Masters.  Alternatively, you can apply to study a specialised Diploma such as SEND, ESOL, English or Maths. 

 

* 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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