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Entry Requirements

  • A qualification in your subject area (Level 3 for skills subjects or a degree for academic subjects)
  • A regular class or classes that you can teach during the programme in your qualified subject area amounting to minimum 50 hours per year (arranged by you)
  • A mentor in your subject area
  • A good command of spoken and written
  • You must complete a written initial assessment at interview.

Who is the course for

This DET course is validated by City and Guilds and it is at Level 5, with no PGCE option.

It is a part-time, two-year in-service qualification with blended delivery (50% reduced

attendance, with an online element). It coverS the knowledge and skills required by teachers/

trainers in the Further Education and Skills Sector. Applicants must be qualified/experienced in

the subject they intend to teach (a degree or the highest vocational qualification at minimum

Level 3) and must have regular classes to teach during the programme for at least 100 hours

in total. Contact our Information & Guidance Team on 01895 853333 for the Teacher Training

application form and to arrange an interview.

Course Content

There are 8 units of study over the 2 years: Year 1–Unit 426: Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training, Unit 502: Theories, principles and models of education and training, Unit 423: Teaching in a specialist area, Unit 424: Understanding and managing behaviours in a learning environment, Unit 422: Specialist delivery techniques and activities, Year 2 – Unit 501: Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training, Unit 503: Wider professional practice and development in education and training, Unit 505: Action Research.

Study Methods

The course team has selected educational methods that are designed to meet the aims and objectives of the course and to support the development of participants intellectual, professional and personal abilities as they progress through the course.

A variety of teaching and active learning methods are used, reflecting a commitment to student-centred learning. Although teaching is often in a tutor-led framework, there are opportunities for participants to lead presentations and seminars and to focus on areas of particular interest through microteaching. Oral presentations based on participants own research, enable them to share their findings with other course participants and improve their communication skills.

Participants are expected to read appropriate texts and to prepare in advance for discussions. There are workshops and other group activities such as role plays and case studies that help clarify concepts and issues. All these methods also foster co-operation and collaboration leading to good teamwork that the course team hopes will be incorporated into participants teaching and workplace as appropriate.

All modules are intended to develop and extend study skills so that in turn participants will be able to establish effective study skills in their own learners.

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence which includes observations, presentations and written work. The assessment consists of a number of assignments for each module. These assignments aim to explore key issues and concepts for practitioners who are teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Evidence is designed to be process-orientated in that they facilitate opportunities for participants to digest, reflect on, evaluate and re-define ideas and practices. Participants are expected to write in a reflective style using the first person. Discussions and guidance on writing style will be embedded within the course.

Participants are also expected to cite appropriate sources and to attach to each draft a bibliography of all the sources they have consulted. We strongly suggest that participants cite from two books/journals for every web reference. The Harvard system of referencing must be used. Participants will be given formative feedback consisting of written comments on one draft of each assignments and they will be assessed on whether they have demonstrated the learning outcomes.

Participants will present a portfolio of evidence on completion of each module to demonstrate that they have achieved the relevant learning outcomes. Evidence may include written work, annotated documents, teaching materials, case studies, handouts, posters, audio/video recordings, notes and commentary on presentations, self-assessment, peer assessment and the results of small-scale research. Participants must also show an awareness of the educational possibilities of electronic resources.

Where next - Further Studies

Application for QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills status)

Where next - Job Opportunities

Teach/train in a variety of settings in Further Education Colleges, Adult and Community Learning, 14-19 units in Schools and Academies and Private Training Organisations

More Information

To apply please download and complete the Teacher Training application form from the Teacher Training home page or contact:

Marta Knill, Teacher Training Manager

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Tel: 01895 853478.


Linda Austin, Course Tutor

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Tel: 01895 853385


Our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 1 July 2016

How to Apply

This course requires an informal interview.

To arrange an assessment and interview time please contact Information, Advice & Guidance on 01895 853333.

Enquire here for future course dates