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This course is ideal if you’re already working as a teacher or trainer in post-compulsory education and wish to gain a recognised teaching qualification. You will further develop the professional and practical skills needed to become a teacher working in post-compulsory education, opening up employment opportunities in a wide range of organisations from general FE colleges to universities, prisons, businesses and the voluntary sector.

About the course

This course combines reflective learning with skills-based, practical teaching. You will learn how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods; how to plan and develop inclusive learning and promote equality in your lessons and understand how to use a range of classroom management skills. 

You will examine teaching and learning theories and learning about the contexts in which teaching and training happen. You will also consider curriculum design and will review, reflect on and develop your own professional practice. This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire and provides you with an advanced knowledge of the Education sector.

There will be lectures, discussions, supported research, support group working and reflection. You will use the College's virtual learning environment and the University of Bedfordshire's, and will have access to all the facilities of both organisations. The assessments are closely aligned to the course learning outcomes and can include written assignments, presentations, research projects and reflective journals.

Your tutor will be on-hand to support you throughout your course to develop your skills, prepare you for your next steps and help you to achieve your goals.

Your study programme incorporates valuable additions to help you succeed, including: one-to-ones with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload and give you valuable feedback; dedicated careers advisors providing you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more

Areas of study

  • Assessment and Evaluation Compulsory
  • Planning and Preparing aor Teaching and Learning Compulsory
  • Professional Practice and Skills Compulsory
  • Teaching and Learning Process Compulsory
  • Curriculum Design and Development Compulsory
  • Professional Practice and Development Compulsory
  • Researching Practice Compulsory
  • Theories and Principles of Inclusive Learning and Teaching Compulsory

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree wiht honours or equivalent. For this course you must be: engaged in teaching in post-compulsory (i.e. Further, Higher or Adult) education for at least 50 hours per year; qualified in the content of the material being taught (usually holding a first degree in that subject); able to communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English, and demonstrate appropriate skills in numeracy (QCF level 2). The simplest way of showing this is a pass at grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and Maths, but other accredited evidence from a recognised awarding body is equally acceptable, providing that you can demonstrate their equivalence at interview.

You need to bring documentary evidence with you to your interview. If documentary evidence is not available, you will be asked to undertake a skills test. You might in any case find it useful to do such a test if you have been out of formal education (in a student role, of course) for some time. You may have to undertake a similar test for QTLS. You must not have been previously excluded from teaching or working with young people.

If you are planning or applying to work with young people under 18 (under Eligibility Code 04), your employer will need to seek DBS clearance, although under some circumstances you may be liable for the fee.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your knowledge of education to help develop your career or move into a teaching-related role within post-compulsory education. You can undertake a process of Professional Formation after achieving the Award which will qualify you to teach in schools as well.

Additional information

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to your place of study and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish which we will discuss with you at interview. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.