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 suite of courses for those interested in, or already working in, the further education and skills sector. Teachers working in further and adult education, schools, private and voluntary training providers can access a range of courses to meet their needs, whether they are new or existing professionals.
You can choose to take an Introductory Award (20 credits level 4), a Certificate (40 credits level 4) or Diploma course (120 credits level 4&5) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE level 6) or any of these courses with a specialism in English or Mathematics or Teaching Learners with Special Needs.
For teachers of English (ESOL, literacy, functional skills), the Diploma, ProfGCE, Certificate and Award can also be taken as subject specialist qualifications.
To join the pathway qualification in the Certificate or Diploma, you need to have 50% of your teaching in the specific subject specialism. You will attend two modules in a subject specialist group at one of our partner colleges and benefit from working with subject specialists as well as learning about specific pedagogy for your subject.
These are courses for those interested in, or already working in, the further education and skills sector. Teachers working in further and adult education, schools (teaching students over 14 years old), public or private training organisations.
You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching role to undertake all except the Introductory Award in Education and Training which is for those who wish to get into teaching but currently have little or no teaching.
Those enrolling will normally possess at least a minimum Level 3 qualification in their own area of specialism. A teacher is expected to be vocationally qualified to a minimum of one level above that of the course they are teaching on.
You will need to demonstrate at interview your ability to benefit from the course and to meet the teaching requirement applicable to the course you've chosen.
Assessments for each module are based on observations of teaching practice, individual reflections, entries in a progress log and academic essays/assignments.
If you are appropriately qualified, on successful completion of the Diploma/ProfGCE in Education and Training you can apply for a place on the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training. This qualification allows you to apply for QTLS status, which is the sector benchmark of professionalism and may improve your career prospects
You will be given access to a wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Modules may include seminars, lectures and group discussions and projects, with many utilising individual and peer presentation format.
Given that the course is primarily for staff already working in the further education and skills sector, maximum use of student experience and expertise is made, including student led sessions aimed at sharing examples of good practice with colleagues.
Modules include self-directed study activities, investigations and ebased learning.
- Module 1 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Certificate As above, plus:
- Module 2 Planning and Assessing
Diploma and ProfGCE As above, plus:
- Module 3 Applying Theory to Practice
- Module 4 Reflecting on Practice
- Module 5 Curriculum
- Module 6 Professional Practice
You will be required to have a minimum of 100 hours teaching for the Diploma/ProfGCE.
For the Diploma/ProfGCE students are required to undertake eight teaching observations. These provide the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and understanding, to improve subject specialist teaching and to receive practical advice.