About the course
Prepare for a worthwhile career teaching and training in the Further Education and Skills sector. This postgraduate course paves the way for you to teach post-14 learners in settings ranging from colleges, academies and secondary schools to prisons and voluntary organisations.
Study on a course rated ‘outstanding' by Ofsted for its high standard of training and assessment. We are currently the only university to be awarded this rating under the new Ofsted regime.
Select an optional specialist pathway where you can focus on a key subject area: choose from English, Maths, Engineering, Sport, or teaching learners with disabilities.
How school placements work
This is a highly practical hands-on course which gives you the chance to explore the full range of roles undertaken by qualified teaching staff in the Further Education and Skills sector.
Teaching experience will be the cornerstone of your studies. Full-time students will study at our main campus, Kedleston Road, and spend two days a week on teaching placement, as well as undertaking a six-week block placement. We also provide extensive support throughout: you will be allocated a mentor from the University’s teaching team as well as a subject specific mentor to guide you on your placement.
To broaden your outlook, you are also expected to complete an alternative placement in a different educational setting, embedded into a specific week during the year. We will provide full information and advice on this at pre-induction.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.
They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.
The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.
The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.
Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.
Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.
You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a subject that is applicable to the Further Education and Skills sector, such as psychology, law, media, sports and music technology. You will also need GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy).
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years, you will need to provide a current Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in.
About the training provider
You’re on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach!
Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in Teaching, one where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.
We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were also ranked tenth in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout. We have partnerships with over 400 schools, so we’ll arrange your placements for you.
At Derby, you’ll discover exciting teacher training courses which will prepare you to teach the age group of your choice - early years, primary, secondary and post-14 learners. Whether you’re embarking on your first degree, or you’re ready to study one of our PGCE courses, we offer a choice to suit you.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our on-site Wellbeing Centre provides information and guidance to help you look after your wellbeing during your time at University.
Here, you can book appointments with our specialist advisers or contact the service through the dedicated helpline available during the week.
There’s also a free counselling service and unique workshops that you can sign up to throughout the year.
For general enquiries and appointment booking:
Tel: +44 (0)1332 593000
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
Get support and advice about teaching
Register with Get into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
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