The Course

If you are hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then this course could be ideal.

It is focused on training to teach within the lifelong learning (post 14) sector comprising of offender learning, further education, adult education, training organisations and adult community learning to name just a few. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. While you study you will focus on your particular subject specialist area, alongside general teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

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

    No prior teaching experience is needed.

    Applicants must:

    • Have either a HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3/4 or recognised professional qualification
    • Be able to demonstrate appropriate work experience in the area you wish to teach
    • Be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English.


    In addition you must also:

    • Provide an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
    • Provide two satisfactory references
    • Complete a satisfactory interview

    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

    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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