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What makes the DET at Worcester and Halesowen special?

Do you want to teach in the lifelong learning sector?  The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) at Halesowen College and the University of Worcester is an in-service course which means you need to have access to teaching to join the course (this can be full-time, part-time, paid or voluntary).  The DET partnership has an excellent track record for trainees' outcomes in a wide rang of settings.  It is creative, vibrant and inclusive partnership which provides a stimulating and professional environment for your learning.     

The Diploma in Education and Training is a nationally recognised qualification for employment in further education and a range of other settings, for example, work based learning and community learning. The course also offers an excellent range of progression opportunities to degree and postgraduate qualifications.

Courses are run at University of Worcester and Halesowen College.

Key features

  • Programme design which helps trainees to reach their full potential through well planned modules, opportunities to learn through reflective practice and excellent support
  • Highly skilled and experienced tutors

  • Embedded professional standards for the sector and progression to qualified teacher status, QTLS, through the Society for Education and Training

  • Courses which values trainees' contributions to course development as sector professionals

  • The course is delivered part-time and full-time. The full time course is delivered at Halesowen College. The part-time course is delivered at both locations

Teacher helping college students training to be electricians

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 qualification or above in subject specialism.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C, or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • Access to a specialist mentor in your place of teaching.
  • This is an ‘in-service’ course which requires you to have access 100 teaching hours, for both the part-time (minimum 30 hours' teaching in year one and 70 hours' teaching in year two) and full-time diploma (100 hours' teaching over the year).

 

Other information

For further information contact: h.bayfield@worc.ac.uk

Qualifications not listed?
Email our admissions office for advice: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk.

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Learning and teaching theory

Consider and explore the relationship between key theories of teaching and learning and their relevance and applicability to current research and practice in teaching.

The teacher as subject specialist

Understand and apply skills and principles of teaching, researching and assessing your subject specialism.

The inclusive teacher

Develop diagnostic and evaluative approaches to assessing the diverse needs of your learners in order to support them through their learning processes.

The teacher as curriculum designer

Discover and explore the meaning of curriculum and the local, national and global contexts.

The teacher as researcher

Explore research opportunities which relate to their subject specialism.

The professional teacher

Develop clear concepts of professionalism, clarify your core professional values and extend your awareness of the key issues and influences on professionalism in post-compulsory education. Explore your career progression options.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • You will have taught sessions at Worcester/Halesowen and teaching practice in your setting.
  • You will be supported throughout by a personal tutor and will work with work-based subject mentors.
  • You will also have a University-based induction session, including how to access online resources and opportunities to work with learning and skills specialists and peers.
  • As part of the course you will be invited to events such as the Teaching and Learning Conference

How will you be assessed?

  • Six carefully planned assignments, including presentations, which support the development of a portfolio of evidence of planning, evaluation and reflection
  • Observations of teaching with grading points at the start, middle and end of the course

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The course has very high success rates (97%) and employability rates are excellent with significant numbers of trainees who move from part-time to full-time employment and full-time tutors who move into further career opportunities.

The programme also enables progression on to the final year of the Education Studies BA (Hons) (for those who haven’t got a degree already) delivered at the University of Worcester (additional credits at 4 and 5 are required to access the final year of the degree and opportuities are provided to gain these). There is also possible progression to Masters Level programmes for those who have a degree. A Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL) is offered to current and former DET trainees.

  • Case study

    Simon's Story

    Simon gained employment as a maths tutor at a local college. He was encouraged to complete his Level 5 teaching qualification at a partner college. He went on to complete a Diploma in Teaching Maths (numeracy). He was keen to continue his studies and enrolled on the final year of an Educational Studies BA Hons at the University of Worcester. Most recently Simon completed a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning at Linacre College, University of Oxford. Simon continues to work at the Aspire Centre and is full of praise for the courses that gave him the skills and confidence to teach and study.

    Simon says: “Throughout all my studies at the University of Worcester, I learnt a huge amount about education. Subsequently, I hope I have been able to contribute to raising the profile of the Aspire Campus and improve teaching and learning for pre and post 16 engineering learners."

  • Case study

    Sharlene's Story

    Sharlene worked as a student support worker in HMP Birmingham before enrolling on the DET. She is still working in a part time in a job role as an initial advice and guidance tutor that she secured whilst doing the DET. Sharlene has recently started a MA in Social Work.

    Sharlene says, “I feel that the course was challenging at times as I was still working full time, studying and a mother. However, I feel that the knowledge and skills I gained and the support from my teacher and peers allowed me to develop my expertise in teaching. The DET course meant that I was working in line with the Ofsted framework and the Education and Training Foundation’s Professional Standards whilst enthusing my learners and developing my own skills and confidence.”

Last Ofsted Report

What the Ofsted inspectors said were the key strengths of the PCET partnership in March 2014:

  • Training across the partnership is of good quality. Some features are outstanding.
  • Trainees develop strong teaching skills and understand very well the elements of good and better teaching. They are able to identify their learners’ varying needs.
  • Very high success rates for trainees which have risen since the previous inspection, from 80% in 2009/10, to 97% in 2012/13.
  • Trainees use successful and imaginative strategies to develop their students skills in English and Mathematics, as well as their students’ wider employability skills.
  • Trainees are becoming thoughtful, effective teachers who are making good or better progress in meeting the professional standards for FE practitioners.
  • A very high proportion of trainees either obtain full time employment, promotion, or increased responsibility following their training. They go on to work in the region, and the provision is making a good contribution to meeting regional skills needs.
  • Trainees have very high level of trust in, and respect for, their trainers, mentors and university link tutors. They benefit from exceptionally high levels of personal support.
  • Mentors play a very significant part in trainees’ development into confident and high quality teachers and trainers.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

£2,365 per year (part-time over two years)

£4,730 Fast-track (full-time over one year)

Funding opportunities

A tuition fee loan is available for this course.

 

Apply

How do you apply?

Apply for September 2017 enrolment on this course

To study at Halesowen College (full-time and part-time) visit Halesowen online enrolment

To study at the University of Worcester please complete our application form.

 

University of Worcester DET webinars

Tuesday 6th June 2017, 5:00 - 6:00pm

University of Worcester DET Information Evenings

Wednesday 21st June 2017, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Halesowen College Open Days

Visit Halesowen College at their Open Days

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

admissions@worc.ac.uk
01905 855111

PCE Office

pce@worc.ac.uk
01905 855070

Course leaders

University of Worcester
Jane Sisk
01905 855551
j.sisk@worc.ac.uk

Halesowen College
Sarah Ward
0121 602 7777
sward@halesowen.ac.uk