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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
You will need to supply stationery, and you may need to provide your own resources when delivering your micro-teach.
Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.
She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.
Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.