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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code HFAB7001A
Attendance Part-time
Duration 2 years
Code HFAB7001B
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level Postgraduate Diploma
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

This course meets the qualification requirements for QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status and is 120 Credits. Those who wish to teach Literacy, ESOL, Numeracy can also achieve a Specialist Diploma in their subject.

You will be able to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have completed with the Society for Education and Training (SET).

This professional course is for those who wish to teach 14-19 year olds and adults in Further and Higher 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.

What you'll study

The full-time route starts with an intensive month-long block of study after which you will normally be expected to attend formal taught sessions on one or two evenings per week. You will also need to be available for at least three days per week for teaching practice. On the part-time route, you will attend one afternoon and evening per week and be on placement at least one day per week.

This course is offered with the following pathways:

  • ESOL
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Modules:

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories that Underpin Teaching and Learning
  • Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
  • Researching Teaching*
  • Designing and Developing Curriculum
  • Developing Professional Practice.

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

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.  

  • The full-time route starts with an intensive month-long block of study after which you will normally be expected to attend formal taught sessions on one or two evenings per week. You will also need to be available for at least three days per week for teaching practice. On the part-time route, you will attend one afternoon and evening per week and be on placement at least one day per week.

    This course is offered with the following pathways:

    • ESOL
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy

    Modules:

    • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    • Theories that Underpin Teaching and Learning
    • Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
    • Researching Teaching*
    • Designing and Developing Curriculum
    • Developing Professional Practice.

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

  • 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.  

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

An Honours degree. In some subject specialisms you will also be required to have at least a Level 3 qualification. A GCSE/ Level 2 qualification in English. A GCSE/Level 2 mathematics qualification is desirable but this can be achieved alongside the course.

In-service: you must have appropriate paid teaching or training, full-time or part-time, as your main role in the post secondary sector for 100 hours over two years, and a mentor to support you in your role.

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

 

Work experience

Placement will vary according to your chosen specialist subject. You will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced lecturers, and you will also have a mentor who will provide you with advice and support. Placements will be negotiated with the placement employer, but you would normally be expected to be available for up to three days per week for teaching practice, in addition to your academic study time. Offers will only be made if a suitable placement can be found.

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. Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

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Tuition fees

Full-time: £8750

Part-time:

In-service and numeracy pathway: £2625 per year

Pre-service and numeracy pathway: £3125 per year

ESOL and Literacy pathway In-service: Y1: £3,500, Year 2: £2625

ESOL and Literacy pathway pre-service: £3563 per year

For more information see our Higher Education tuition fees page.

Additional costs

For those taking the Additional Qualifications in Numeracy, Literacy or ESOL there is an additional cost for one module.

We have generous bursaries available for Education and Training Programme (PSET) applicants for 2021/22. For more information click here.

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