If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course will help you on your way.
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.
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
- Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher
- Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
- Policy and Professional Issues.
You should be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year).
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
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.
- UK first degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent related to your specialist area
- Where the subject for which the degree was awarded is not in (or academically related to) the subject that is being taught, then the applicant will normally need to prove that they possess other qualifications (at NVQ Level 3 or above) that indicate that they may be a credible person to teach that subject.
- GCSE maths grade C/4
- GCSE English grade C/4
- Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas
In addition, you must also:
- provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- provide one satisfactory reference
- complete a satisfactory interview
- identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism
The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, public services or construction, engineering and many other vocational areas.
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups.
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.
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 postgraduate studies, progression onto the following programmes may be of interest:
Masters 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 most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition, and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may wish to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.