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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 54

Hours: 5.00

Start: 01/08/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Derby College offers a range of high quality education programmes in partnership with the University of Derby.  Its teacher training provision was graded outstanding by a recent Ofsted inspection (December 2015). 

Building on this success, Derby College and the University of Derby are working in partnership to offer a new and innovative route to full qualification as an assessor, trainer, workshop demonstrator and/or coach in the FE sector.

What are the benefits?

  • The apprentice assessor-coach route to qualification offers a work-based pathway to developing and qualifying assessors, trainers, workshop demonstrators and coaches
  • It contributes to succession planning and may alleviate recruitment issues in shortage subjects
  • For schools and organisations required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017, it offers a return on that levy and supports organisations to meet the Government target of employing apprentices


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 Assessor, Trainer, Workshop Demonstrator or Coaching apprenticeship contract (which provides access to a minimum of 30 teaching/training/assessing hours per year in Post-14 education)
  • Evidence of a minimum Level 3 qualification in the relevant subject-specialism
  • Evidence of a Level 2 in English Language
  • Access to a mentor in the organisation for which you work

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

Course Content

In order to evidence the apprenticeship standards, the apprentice teacher will attend College on a Tuesday to study towards achieving:

  • A Level 4 Professional Certificate in Education and Training
  • A Level 4 module in Coaching and Mentoring Learners to promote success (this is built into the teaching qualification)
  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • A Level 2 Award in Prevent and Safeguarding strategies, with a whole unit devoted to anti-radicalisation
  • A Level 2 qualification in Maths, if this has not been achieved prior to commencing the apprenticeship
  • A Level 2 qualification in ICT to equip our future teachers with the skills in using ICT to enable learning

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice assessor-coach will be assessed using varied methods, including assignments, collaborative presentations, poster presentations and reflections.  Alongside this, there will be a minimum of six observations of practice conducted by the College tutors.  The apprentice will have a professional discussion to further evidence the standards. Assessment is robust, meaningful and developmental.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need stationery only.

What can I do after this course?

You can:

  • Secure a permanent position as an assessor-coach in the FE sector
  • Progress to a full teaching qualification such as the Level 5 Certificate of Education (40 credits of 120 credits APL provided)
  • Progress to a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance


* 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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