If you’re 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’s 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.
Why Lifelong Learning?
- Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to proceed to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training. Your QTLS is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector.
- During the course you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development.
We know there’s no substitute for the classroom environment, so we’ll give you the opportunity to go on placement with one of our partnership institutions. On your placement you’ll be able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and benefit from one-to-one mentoring to help develop the skills you’ll need to become an outstanding and effective teacher.
- Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher
- Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
- Policy and Professional Issues.
As well as studying at the University, you’ll learn the practical skills of teaching through a placement in an appropriate educational institution. Previous trainees have been placed in a range of institutions including colleges, work-based learning providers and in offender and community learning settings. You’ll complete at least 100 hours of teaching in total on placement.
Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.
On this course you’ll have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, and the ability to identify your ongoing needs for professional development. The course helps to prepare you for playing a full part in the teaching, administrative, and curriculum development activities in colleges and in other education and training organisations.
As part of the course, you’ll complete a subject specialist module. This requires attendance at the University. You’ll be informed of the exact dates during the first year of the course.
The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You’ll be supported to gain competence in planning, teaching and learning; and in working with students; with assessment of your progress taking place in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations.
In addition, you’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops and you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll be assigned to you throughout your studies to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.
Assessments vary and include essays, the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, and presentations.
Entry requirements for this course are normally:
No prior teaching experience is needed. The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience in industry, business and administration, hair and beauty, social work, health service, uniformed services, or armed forces.
In addition to the University’s general minimum entry requirements, you must also:
- 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
- GCSE English grade C/4
- GCSE maths grade C/4
- be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
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
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
As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.
Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following programmes may be of interest:
BA (Hons) Education Studies
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
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’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the LRC, but you may want to buy your own copies
- Printing and photocopying
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.