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Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

    2 Years
    Canterbury Christ Church University
This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers in a substantial role in further and/or adult and community education, trainers in the public and private sector as well as those working with 14-19 year olds in vocational settings or in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Trainees on this programme come from a wide range of public and private teaching or training environments such as the Police Force, Emergency Services, local authority services, private companies and the National Health Service.

Applicants from a registered charitable organisation who are teaching/training in a voluntary capacity will also be considered on an individual basis. In year 1, all trainees study on the Diploma in Education programme. In year 2, those who already have a degree may select the PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training) pathway for their end of programme classification.

Those without a degree can achieve an end of year 2 classification of Diploma in Education. Successful completion of the programme means you are eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status with the Education and Training Foundation.

You will have access to a wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Modules may include seminars, lectures and group discussions and projects, with many utilising individual and peer presentation format.
Given that the programme is primarily for staff already working in the Further Education and Skills Sector (FESS), maximum use of student experience and expertise is made, including student-led sessions aimed at sharing examples of good practice with colleagues.

Modules include self-directed study activities, investigations and e-based learning.

With regards to assessment, you will undertake six module assignments to include: completion of progress log; teaching practice observation; peer observation; micro teach; presentation and essay.

Since September 2008, Ofsted has required all providers of initial teacher education programmes to assess the attainment of trainees when they complete their programmes. This will take place at the end of the programme using the Ofsted four point scale (consisting of ‘Outstanding’, ‘Good’, ‘Requires Improvement’ and ‘Inadequate’). The grading process will contribute to your progress record and impact upon your overall profile.

In addition to the summative portfolio of module assignments at the end of each year of the programme, there will be an assessment of your progress throughout the programme which is intended to support your own learning and development. This process will be set out in section C of your progress log and will involve you assessing your progress against the following three key aspects at points throughout the course: Planning; Teaching; and Knowledge and Understanding. You will use the teaching standards to inform your judgement.

You will be required to attend the College for one three-hour class per week during term time. In the 2019/20 academic year, classes for the first year will take place on Mondays 3.30-6.30pm.

Please note that this information is subject to change for subsequent academic years. You will be expected to set aside approximately two to four hours per week to carry out planning, research and assignment work outside the timetabled classes. You will also need to be employed in an appropriate teaching position for at least 40 hours in the first year and 60 hours in the second year.

The programme will provide you with a non-threatening environment in which to practice your teaching and learning strategies. You will be encouraged to work within a team to produce presentations and a course design proposal. You will also develop your critical, analytical and reflective skills throughout, considering both your own practice as well as the theoretical perspectives of education.

Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS) Education and Training Foundation.

A reading list will be contained within the programme handbook and will be available on request to applicants who are made an offer of place.

Following receipt of your application, you will be interviewed and asked to complete a short written task at the interview. The interview will enable us to assess your suitability for the programme and this level of study, and the written task will help us to assess your writing skills. We will also consider your application form, including your personal statement, and the entry requirements when making a decision. For more advice on how to apply, visit the How to Apply section of the website.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University and in 2014 the quality of the Universitys initial teacher education for Further Education was judged by Ofsted to be 'outstanding'. West Kent and Ashford College was visited as part of this inspection.

You will have full access to facilities and resources at the University, including the comprehensive library facilities as well as a well maintained Virtual Learning Environment (BlackBoard).

The broad aim of the programme is to provide a thorough preparation for teachers and trainers working in the Further Education and Skills Sector (FESS) in terms of their knowledge, skills and professional attributes.

You will study six modules over the two years, each with a weighting of 20 credits. The first year consists of three modules, all at level 4 of the national qualification framework. The second year consists of three modules at level 5, although you will have the option to study these modules at level 6 if you hold a first degree (this route will lead to award of the PGCE in Education and Training).

Year 1

Module 1: Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Module 2: Enhancing Teaching and Learning
Module 3: The Learner and Learner Progress

Year 2

Module 4: Reflecting on Practice
Module 5: Innovating the Curriculum
Module 6: Developing Practice


Trainees must be working as teachers/ trainers in a postcompulsory environment for a minimum of 40 hours in year 1 and 60 hours in year 2. We require a letter from your place of employment to verify this.

GCSE English and maths at A*-C /9-4 or equivalent. A qualification at level 3 or above in your area of expertise.

You will need to nominate a mentor from your setting/organisation - they should hold a recognised teaching/training qualification and have been in a teaching/training role for at least 3 years. You must have (or will need to obtain) a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check issued within the last 3 years.

If you already hold a University Introductory Award or Certificate in Education and Training, you may be able to join the Diploma course at a later stage. This will be discussed with you at interview. You will be required to present your original certificates at interview - photocopies are not accepted. At interview you will be required to undertake a short written task.