100% success rate in 2014-16 two year DET course.
This course is run in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. Canterbury Christ Church was inspected in March 2014 and judged to be an outstanding teacher education programme for the Further Education and Skills Sector; one of only four outstanding providers in the country.
It is a two year course leading to a Diploma in Education and Training (DET) or Professional Graduate Certificate of Education. Specialist pathways may also be available for teachers of ESOL, Literacy, Maths and Disabled Learners.
It is possible to enter directly onto Year 2, provided that you have Accredited Prior Certificated Learning for Year 1.
Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, which qualifies you to teach in secondary schools.
About the Course
The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers in Colleges (FE), Adults and Community Learning (ACL), 14-19 units in schools/academies, Public Services, Police Trainers and Private Training Organisations.
It will enable you to become an effective, critical, professional teacher and trainer for the FE and Skills sector, whilst providing you with a broad understanding of teaching and learning with a strong emphasis on professional reflection for individual development.
The course consists of 6 modules, 20 credits each, taken over 2 years.
In Year 1, you will study:
- Introduction to Teaching and Learning (with specialist focus for pathways)
- Applying theory to practice
In Year 2, you will study:
- Curriculum (with specialist focus for pathways)
- Policy and Professional Practice
- Reflecting on Practice
If you are interested in a specialism route, we can discuss these options further.
Please note that you will need to attend generic studies at West Thames College and specialist studies at another college - venue to be confirmed.
Fees for the first year - £2,700. Second year - £2,700. Payment by instalments is available.
- You will need to be teaching or training, either paid or voluntary, while the course is running. All teaching must be in an appropriate FE and Skills provider, Sixth Form College, School/Academy, Public or private training organisation. You must have responsibility for the group that you are teaching (planning and assessing the learning). You will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours teaching over the two years with at least 40 hours in the first year.
- You will need to have a work based mentor to provide subject knowledge guidance and to assess your teaching.
- Successful completion of a pre course test and an interview.
- Applicants for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) are required to have a degree.
- You should possess at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject area you want to teach or considerable professional experience as well as a good level of literacy and numeracy skills.
- IT skills to word process assignments and prepare teaching materials.
- A successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
The course is for employed, unqualified teachers and trainers and may lead to increased responsibilities, new roles as programme leaders/managers within the sector or further teaching opportunities.
For those completing DET at Level 5, there may be an opportunity to progress to the BA in Education and Professional Training.
For those completing the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education at Level 6, there may be an opportunity to progress to the MA in Professional Learning and Education.
You will be assessed through observations of teaching practice, reflections on your own and other's teaching practice, academic essays, presentations, and though a Progress Log that maps and celebrates your 'journey' through the two years. In year 1 all work is assessed at Level 4 and in year 2 the Diploma is at level 5 and the ProfGCE is at level 6.
Please note that tutors will need to travel to your workplace to observe you teach, so your work needs to be within reasonable traveling distance of West Thames College.