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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 12

Hours: 3.50

Start: 03/05/2017

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

Tuition (£): 420.00*

Concessions: 420.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you have a subject or skill to teach but no teaching or training qualification?  If you have limited or no experience of teaching or training and would like to achieve a gateway qualification, the Level 3 Award might be the right course for you.  This Award could be the start of your journey towards a full qualification or, alternatively, it may be sufficient to enable you to perform your current training role. 

Many colleges require all their newly appointed trainee teachers to achieve this qualification, and some awarding bodies stipulate it as a minimum requirement for delivering their courses.  It is ideal for those planning or embarking on a career change. 

You will attend College one evening per week.  Even better, we offer three start dates each academic year.

You will study three modules at Level 3 over 42 hours, exploring roles, responsibilities and relationships in teaching, planning and delivering a session to meet individual needs, and assessment of learning.  Emphasis is placed on developing your practical skills, and a key element of the course requires you to plan and deliver a session to your peers, using feedback to evaluate and develop your practice.

Benefits include:

  • A skill-set for delivering effective teaching or training sessions which motivate and enthuse
  • A gateway qualification which builds your CV, evidences your commitment to achieving teaching qualifications, and provides you with confidence in applying for teaching or training roles

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:

  • A Level 3 qualification (minimum) in the subject you wish to teach
  • A Level 2 qualification in English
  • Confidence in using standard ICT applications

To secure a place on this course, you must attend an information/interview session.

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

Course Content

  1. Roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training (3 credits)
  2. Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning methods in education and training (6 credits)
  3. Assessment in education and training (3 credits)

Emphasis is placed on developing your practical skills, and a key element of the course requires you to plan and deliver a session to your peers, using feedback to evaluate and develop your practice.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a series of tasks, some written and some practical, including planning, delivering and evaluating a micro-teach session to evidence City & Guilds outcomes.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to supply stationery, and you may need to provide your own resources when delivering your micro-teach.

What can I do after this course?

  • Deliver inclusive and good quality teaching and training
  • Seek or continue training or teaching in the sector: employers favour applicants with this qualification
  • Progress to a Level 4 Certificate, Level 5 CERT ED or Level 7 PGCE to gain further qualifications (depending on your teaching role and responsibilities)
  • Progress to an Assessor qualification


* 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

About the Roundhouse »

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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