The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) in Post-Compulsory Education is a well-established programme leading to a recognised qualification for the sector. The course is aimed at those wishing to teach in post-14 provision, 16+ and adult education. The scope and range of the teaching qualification is considerable and provides opportunities for teaching in colleges, schools, sixth form centres, adult education departments, vocational centres, training agencies and offender learning (prison education). This level of flexibility is a particular strength of the programme. Students must undertake concurrently a minimum of 150 hours teaching practice with post-16 learners over the two years. These teaching hours can be on a voluntary basis. All students register both with the college delivering the programme and BCU and therefore can access the learning resources available at both. Sessions are evening class provision to enable support students having daytime commitments.
The programme will provide you with a thorough preparation for undertaking certain roles in teaching, facilitating learning or training and will offer you the opportunity to develop your practice through developmental reflection and theoretical perspectives. There are four key modules that you will study over two years:
• Effective Classroom Practice (40 Credits) This module supports you in developing your knowledge and skills relating to the key theories, principles and practices of effective teaching, learning and assessment in your specialist subject. It is situated alongside the Professional Practice module, as it facilitates the gathering of evidence for your professional development portfolio (PDP). You will also develop your knowledge of the need to be able to carry out both formal and informal assessments, feedback the results to learners and use the information to guide planning and teaching for the future. This module is consistent with the programme philosophy and aims since it prepares you to evaluate your knowledge and practice in a diverse range of sector specific areas, as learning in this module directly impacts upon your placement and future teaching career.
• Professional development in teaching practice (40 Credits) Through engagement in placement activity, teacher training sessions, wider academic reading, critical reflection and continuing professional development, students will meet the range of values, knowledge and skills required to evidence their attainment of the ETF Professional Standards as a ‘developing teacher’ This module is consistent with the programme philosophy and aims since it prepares you to teach and work in a diverse range of educational settings, sectors and age phases, as learning in this module directly impacts upon your placement and future teaching career. Your placement will be challenging and engaging, providing you with an authentic teaching and learning experience to prepare you for a professional
All applicants are required to possess either a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths. Candidates are expected to have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in the subject they wish to teach. All applicants must successfully pass an interview with one of the course teaching team. You need to provide a current basic DBS to ensure you are eligible to work within the Education environment.
Upon successful completion of the programme learners will be able to progress on to a relevant BA (Hons) top-up degree within post-compulsory education and training.