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 become 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:
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.
Pathway modules include Teaching English (Literacy), Teaching Maths, Teaching STEM Engineering, Teaching and Learning for Learners with Disabilities and Teaching Sport in the Post-14 Sector.
Optional modules include Teaching Higher Education in Colleges, Practitioner Research Project, Promoting Effective Classroom Behaviours and Post-14 Teaching across the Sectors.
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 in a subject such as SEND, ESOL, English or Maths.
Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."
The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.