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?
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:
You will have an interview and, if you are successful, you will be offered a place.
In order to evidence the apprenticeship standards, the apprentice teacher will attend College on a Tuesday to study towards achieving:
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.
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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.