The Course

If you are already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this programme will help you on your way.

On this programme you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The programme allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area, alongside general teaching in the lifelong learning sector and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

View the policies and procedures that students registering on this programme would be agreeing to comply with.

Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    You will study the following modules:

    • Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    • Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher
    • Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
    • Policy and Professional Issues
  • Entry Requirements

    You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment.

    Entry requirements for this course are normally:

    • Qualifications at Level 3 or above, for example HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3/4 or other recognised professional qualification
    • Ability to demonstrate appropriate work experience in the area you wish to teach 

    In addition, you must also:

    • Provide confirmation of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    • Provide one satisfactory reference
    • Complete a satisfactory interview
    • Identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism

    If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

  • Duration

    The course is offered over four terms, starting in September. It runs one evening a week, usually a Tuesday or Thursday, from 6pm - 9pm. Part-time (2 years)

    The programme is taught one evening per week and requires 100 placement hours to be satisfactorily completed.

    Attendance at a two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield is required in the second year of the programme. 

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

  • Progression

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to proceed to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training. Your QTLS is full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector.

  • Careers

    Upon successful completion of this programme you could gain employment in post-16 education in e.g. Further Education institutions, the prison service, and voluntary sector community organisations.

  • Equipment Required/Additional Costs

    The location of your placement may require you to travel so please be aware of any associated travel costs. A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning and completing assignments. On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

    If you decide to apply for QTLS status this will be an additional cost. You can find out more on the Society for Education and Training website.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

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