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.
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:
(*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.
You will study a range of modules over the two years which will include:
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.
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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.
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."