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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 3.50

Start: 01/11/2016

Days / Times: Tuesday 17:00 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

Concessions: 632.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Our Certificate in Education and Training offers you part-qualification in teaching in the FE and Skills sector.  You will attend College one evening per week.  You will need access to 30 hours or more teaching or training during the course.  This qualification is especially suitable for trainer-assessors, those working one-to-one with learners, and those wishing to take a slower route to full qualification.

You will study six modules at Level 4, which provide an excellent toolkit for teaching, learning and assessment.  Emphasis is placed on developing your practical teaching skills so that you exit as a confident and able teacher or trainer. You will be observed four times in a developmental capacity over the year by your tutor and will be involved in personal and professional action planning.

Benefits include:

  • Developing a skill set to teach or train in the Education and Training sector
  • An employability advantage
  • A recognised teaching qualification
  • 40 credits towards a 120-credit CERT ED

Our courses require a minimum of 12 enrolments to run.  You will be notified two weeks prior to start date if the course is NOT going to run.

Entry requirements

You need evidence of:

  • At least a Level 3 in your subject specialism and/or significant vocational/industrial experience
  • Level 2 in English
  • Level 2 in Maths (or you should be working towards this)
  • Access to 30 hours teaching in your specialist area during the course.  Your teaching location must be within a 20- mile radius of Derby College's Roundhouse Campus.

To secure a place on this course, you need to attend one of our information/interview sessions.

Course Content

To be successful in this Level 4 qualification, you will need to achieve a minimum of 36 credits.  Mandatory units are:

  1. Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training;
  2. Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training;
  3. Delivering education and training;
  4. Assessing learners in education and training;
  5. Using resources for education and training;
  6. Inclusive teaching and learning.

How will I be assessed?

There is a variety of written academic assignments along with presentations and posters depending on the particular module studied.  In addition you will have three observations over the one-year period which you will plan for and evaluate.  These are graded to Ofsted criteria. You are expected to finish on a grade 2 (good) or better by the end of the course.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need to supply stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress to the CERT ED or PGCE
  • Progress to a Coaching or Assessing qualification
  • Progress to a Specialist Diploma in Teaching Learners with Disabilities (dependent on your qualifications)
  • Seek or develop a teaching, training or assessing role in Education and Training (Post-14)


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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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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