Course Overview

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.

This course is for those who are paid as teachers currently but who lack a full teaching qualification.

The course is offered with the following specialisms:

  • With ESOL
  • With Literacy
  • With Numeracy.

Course Structure

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 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 Covered

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Exploring Learning Theories
  • Developing Curriculum
  • Developing professional Practice
  • Subject Specialist Pedagogy*
  • 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.

Learning Methods

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.

Teaching Methods

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.


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.

What's Next?

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.

Entry Requirements

A Level 3 qualification in your subject area and a Level 2 qualification in English.You should normally have a GCSE English and Mathematics qualification or equivalent, although you can achieve the Mathematics qualification during the course. Appropriate paid teaching or training, full-time or part-time, as your main role in the post-compulsory sector for 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.

Application 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.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification