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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 24 months plus End Point Assessment
Code HFAB4012B
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level Apprenticeship
Start Date 13/09/2021

Course overview

This professional course is for those who are employed to teach 14 to 19-year-olds and adults in Further Education settings. You will undertake academic modules to provide you with the knowledge and skills required and work alongside a mentor and other colleagues to develop as a reflective practitioner.

This course is for those who are employed as teacher and trainers for a minimum of 30 hours per week and who’s employer wishes them to undertake an apprenticeship leading to a full teaching qualification.

The course is offered with the following specialisms:

  • ESOL and Literacy
  • Numeracy

We use a strong element of work-based learning to make sure your studies can be directly applied to your teaching practice. For the first part of the course, we focus on the development of teaching and learning skills and developing knowledge of your sector. This will equip you with the necessary skills to enter the classroom with confidence. A personal tutor will offer you support and guidance, along with the course tutor and team.

You will be taught in classroom sessions using a variety of teaching methods but with the emphasis on active learning. These sessions will help you to work with other teachers. Specific Modules will also demand workplace-based assessment tasks, for example, the observation of an experienced teacher.

This course is run in the Lister Building.

What you'll study

You will be required to attend one afternoon and evening per week and undertake further private study. You will be assessed academically during the six modules of the course, and in your teaching through observation of your practice by the teaching team and your mentor. Those who teach Literacy, ESOL or Numeracy can also achieve a Specialist Diploma in their subject.

Modules are:

  1. Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  2. Exploring Learning Theories
  3. Developing Curriculum
  4. Developing professional Practice
  5. Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
  6. Teacher as Researcher*.

*If you are taking a specialism in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy you will study two specialist modules instead of the starred modules.

  • You will be required to attend one afternoon and evening per week and undertake further private study. You will be assessed academically during the six modules of the course, and in your teaching through observation of your practice by the teaching team and your mentor. Those who teach Literacy, ESOL or Numeracy can also achieve a Specialist Diploma in their subject.

    Modules are:

    1. Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    2. Exploring Learning Theories
    3. Developing Curriculum
    4. Developing professional Practice
    5. Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
    6. Teacher as Researcher*.

    *If you are taking a specialism in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy you will study two specialist modules instead of the starred modules.

Assessment

Each module has its own unique assessment which can take many different forms including essays, individual and group presentations or portfolios. These will draw upon your experience and knowledge gained as part of your work placement as well as your own studies. All assessments are supported by your module tutor. Additional learning support is offered to develop your writing and study skills.

Entry requirements

Support from an employer with a contract for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

A Level 3 qualification in your subject area.

You should normally have a GCSE English and Mathematics qualification or equivalent

Teaching must be for a minimum of 100 hours over two years and a mentor to support you in your role and carry out two teaching observations per year.

You will be interviewed.

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.

Applications should be made direct to the College.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Work experience

You must already be in employment in order to access this programme and have the support of your employer to attend and study equivalent to 20% of your role.

Student stories

The tutors are great and so supportive, enjoy learning from all of my course tutors. (comment from NSS 2020)

It goes well and the teaching staff are very professional. No comments. Enjoy studying! (comment from NSS 2020)

The work has been organised well, the online system is really convenient so its easy to work from home. (comment from NSS 2020)

Next steps

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is awarded by the Society for Education and Training once you have passed your course. QTLS status is recognised in law as equivalent to QTS for teaching in secondary schools. This is an excellent reason to choose this course for those wanting to teach in Further Education and secondary schools.

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Tuition fees

For ESOL and Literacy pathway: Year 1: £3,500 and year 2: £2625

There may be additional costs for equipment associated with your specific vocational area but these are not a requirement of the course. You may wish to purchase books but there are plenty of e-resources available from our library and your Moodle site.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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