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Pre-Service Initial Teacher Education (Lifelong Learning)

The Programme aims to provide initial teacher education for the Lifelong Learning Sector, which develops excellent practical skills underpinned by an understanding of the theoretical basis for practice. The programme challenges and supports participants to become autonomous, self-regulating professionals with a comprehensive, critical understanding of developments in the sector.
The programme also aims to develop a critical understanding of learning, teaching and training in their social, political and philosophical contexts, and specifically involves providing trainees with the opportunity to meet relevant professional standards, for example the standards for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector and the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education. These standards include areas such as:
• The knowledge and understanding required to plan, implement, assess and evaluate learning in own specialist area
• Practical skills in supporting and enabling learning; interpersonal skills associated with intended work role
• Inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, addressing issues of social justice
• Commitment to, and critical understanding of, professional values, knowledge and skills
Upon successful completion of the programme Trainees are eligible to undertake the process of professional formation leading to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Potential progression pathways include postgraduate study, such as MA in Education, and progression into employment.

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Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment 30 credits
You will learn how to plan, implement, assess and evaluate a range of inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, informed by current educational research. You will plan, prepare, teach and reflect on a learning session contextualised in your subject specialism and design an intervention, strategy, activity or resource to improve student learning. You will justify and evaluate it in relation to research-informed principles of learning and motivation.

Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher 30 credits
You will learn how to identify and respond to students’ needs and evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching and develop yourself as a reflective practitioner. As part of this module your teaching will be observed by qualified Teacher Educators and subject specialists. You will also build a Teaching Portfolio evidencing your personal and professional development including development of English, maths and digital skills.

Being a Subject Specialist Teacher 30 credits
Building on the previous module you will develop more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning in your subject specialist area and complete your Teaching Portfolio, to include four further observations of your teaching practice. You will also deliver a subject specialist conference paper at the University of Huddersfield.

Policy and Professional Issues 30 credits
You will develop an understanding of policy and issues relating to professionalism in lifelong learning and explore the impact. of policy on curriculum developments. You will also discuss key issues of professionalism, reflective practice and your own educational values and the extent to which these promote social justice. You will develop an understanding of contemporary issues in education and your subject specialism linked to evidenced-based research.

You will normally hold a minimum 2:1 classification in a UK degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. (Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate relevant experience). Additionally, GCSE English and mathematics, at grade C or above, or a Level 2 equivalent such as Functional Skills is required. You will also need to complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. However, if you have alternative qualifications, or do not possess the exact requirements as stated above, please contact the programme team by emailing enquiries@ucnl.ac.uk.


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Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.

Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information about our course fees and available financial support, visit our Higher Education Fees and Finance section

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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