Our programmes are blended learning which consists of a number of workshops which you must attend along with self research and the use of our VLE – Virtual Learning Environment. We do not deliver entirely distance learning as the City & Guilds qualification specifications state: “Distance learning is unlikely to provide opportunities for modelling of techniques and interaction with other candidates.” We feel our blended programme delivers the best, high quality teacher learning possible.
This programme comprises face-to-face training workshops, 1:1 tutorials, workplace assessment, individual research, distance learning and the completion of 14 assignments. Over 13 months you will attend 13 monthly training days. These are highly interactive, face-to-face sessions. They are built around key themes that address the course content, prompt reflective practice and provide an opportunity to share good practice with others. Individual support and distance learning is built into the programme. The course is assessed by 14 assignments, ongoing reflective journals and a teaching practice portfolio. You will have to evidence 100 hours of teaching and will be observed 8 times (see below).
Please refer to the course programme below for an overview of the course content and the way the course is structured. DET is the qualification for teachers/tutors and assessors who work in the Education and Training sector in a ‘full teaching’ role. For further information about the teaching regulations and recent changes visit The Society for Education and Training or the course around those qualifications for you. Please contact us directly to discuss this option.
Your Teaching Hours
To meet the DET course requirements you must provide evidence of 100 hours of teaching delivery over the duration of the DET course.
You must be teaching learners over the age of 14 on vocational subjects – your tutor can clarify any questions you have about this. The Teaching File section of the VLE is used to log your teaching hours and you should start to do this from month one of the DET course.
Of your 100 hours of logged teaching, 30 must be fully supported by a scheme of work, lesson plan, resources and a detailed self-evaluation. You will be observed on 8 separate occasions and each observed session will be fully documented as above, along with an observation report.
Virtual Learning Environment
Our interactive Virtual Learning Environment supports this course. This website contains:
- Resources, course materials and copies of flip charts etc produced during training day activities
- A forum open to all current and past learners
- An observation booking system
- An electronic portfolio for your journals, unit assignments and teaching file
- A way to contact your tutor
Teaching observations are central to your professional development. You will be provided with developmental feedback linked to the DET course content. To maximise the benefit of these observations they should be spread evenly throughout your DET course. You may be observed in 2 ways:
- By a member of our DET delivery team
- By video recording your teaching (which is then observed remotely by a member of our DET delivery team)
Using a video recording allows you to self-reflect by watching yourself and can be used for short-notice teaching. Video can be appropriate for one-to-one sessions and assessment meetings but you must always gain learner agreement when using the video.
Once you have achievd your L5 teaching qualification you can go through and complete the professional formation and apply for QTLS – Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. The new QTLS came into force from 1st September 2016 and provides the following benefits:
- Career progression – your QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers
- Recognition of your status as a professional teacher or trainer
- Valuable continuing professional development (CPD) that builds confidence and enhances your skills
- QTLS status is recognised in law as equal to QTS for teaching in schools
- Members with QTLS can use the initials as a designation and display a QTLS digital pin on their online profiles.
Professional Career Development Loan
You may be able to apply for a Professional Career Development Loans To apply you must: be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts and plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that learners can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs, such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support, such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should only consider them as an option once you have investigated all other student funding options.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.