Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This is a two year part time course leading to a Diploma in Education and Training (DET) or a Professional Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE).
Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status which qualifies you to teach in secondary schools and a variety of other sectors including Further Education.
The course is run in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, who were inspected in March 2014 and judged to be an outstanding provider of initial teacher training for the Further Education system.
The course is aimed at teachers in a substantial role in a variety of sectors including FE, Adult and Community Education, trainers in the public and private sector as well as those working with 14 – 19 year olds in a vocational setting
The course will enable you to become an effective, critical and professional teacher or trainer with well developed knowledge, skills and understanding of your role and the sector you are operating within.
The course consists of 6 modules 20 credits each studied over two years. In year one you will study:
- Introduction to Teaching and Learning
- Applying Theory to Practice.
In year two you will study:
- Policy and Professional Practice
- Reflecting on Practice.
You will need to be in teaching or training, either paid or voluntary during the course. All teaching must be in and appropriate FE and Skills provider, Sixth Form College, School/Academy, public or private training organisation. You are responsible for ensuring that you have a minimum 100 teaching hours over the two years with at least 40 hours in the first year.
You will need to have a work based mentor to provide subject knowledge guidance and to assess your teaching.
Successful completion of a pre course assessment and interview.
Applicants for the PGCE are required to have a degree.
You should possess at minimum of a level 3 qualification in the subject area you wish to teacher considerable professional experience as well as a good level of literacy and numeracy skills.
IT skills to word process assignments and prepare teaching materials.
A successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
You will be assessed through observations of your teaching practice, reflections on your own and others teaching practice, academic essays, presentations and through a Progress Log which maps the two years on the programme. In year one all work is assessed at level 4 and in year 2 the Diploma is at level 5 and the PGCE is at level 6.
The course may lead to employment as a qualified teacher or to increased responsibility and promotion within your current role.
For those completing DET at level 5 there may be opportunities to progress to a BA in Education and Professional Training.
For those completing the PGCE at level 6, there may be opportunities to progress to an MA in Education.
Where will I learn?
- Input sessions are dedicated training and computer rooms at our Acton site.
- Observations will take place at your place of work.
- Orientation and resources further to the College's are at the University of Westminster's campuses.