Teaching is a rewarding lifelong career where no two days are the same. If you are looking to move into a career in education; progress into teaching or even looking to teach English as a second language there is a course here for you. You will 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.

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    About the course

    This is a full professional qualification for those who already have a full BA or BSc qualification. This award qualifies you to teach in post-compulsory education and is designed to enable you to develop your skills, confidence and theoretical knowledge in education and training. This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire and provides you with an advanced knowledge of the Education sector. This course is offered in-service as well as pre-service depending on your needs.

    The course is taught on Mondays (first year) and Fridays (second year.) 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 which include: regular 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 who will provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.

Areas of study

Your areas of study may include:

  • Teaching Experience Portfolio
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Issues in Post-Compulsory Education and Training
  • Action Research
  • Coaching and Support

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

You will need at least 80 UCAS points with 64 points from two A level passes at grade 4 or above.

Or at least 80 UCAS points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma.

Or at least 80 UCAS points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma.

Or an Access to Higher Education Diploma or equivalent qualification such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher: Learning and Skills status (QTLS). 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. You will gain HE credits at levels 5 and 6.

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 also request contributions are made to trips and outings.