If you want to teach young people or adults in setting such as sixth forms, further education colleges or community education then this course is ideal for you. The course helps you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and to creatively explore the professional opportunities open to you. You will gain competence in planning, teaching and learning, and in working with students.
The course can be taken as a one-year full-time or two-years part-time modular programme. It is assessed through written assignments, presentations, portfolios and practical assessment of teaching. The course is structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work, such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.
The four core modules that you will study are:
Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher
Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
Policy and Professional Issues
The course is validated by the University of Huddersfield and leads to a University of Huddersfield award.
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.
As well as studying at the College, you’ll learn the practical skills of teaching through a placement.
Usually, placements are undertaken at the the College and trainees have the opportunity to work across a range of levels and groups.
You’ll complete at least 100 hours of teaching practice on placement. Alongside this you will take part in wider activities to support your development as a teacher, for example open events, parents’ evenings, staff development.
Your placement will be undertaken in your subject specialism. In addition to your subject specialism, you may be required to embed core subjects including English, maths, Digital Literacies and SEND into your teaching and learning.
If you are currently working as a teacher or tutor in the sector and are interested in taking the course alongside your current role, we may be able to assess you in your workplace.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
You will usually require a minimum level 3 qualification (e.g. A-level, Access to HE Diploma, Advanced GNVQ, etc.) in the subject you are intending to teach.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We will consider candidates with level 2 or equivalent qualifications in English and maths.
You’ll be required to demonstrate your commitment to teaching in the Further Education sector both in your application and during your interview.
We’re committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. We aim to ensure that course participants are representative of the diverse society in which we live.
In addition you must also:
undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
provide two satisfactory references
complete a satisfactory interview
have some relevant experience of teaching or training in the Further Education/Lifelong Learning sector
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £8,410.
You may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan or maintenance loan as part of your application to Student Finance.
You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over a specified amount.
The course involves spending two separate days at a conference at the University of Huddersfield. You will need to fund your own transport there.
Financial support from the training provider
The College offers a small number of Higher Education bursaries for eligible students.
Student eligibility criteria:
has a household income up to £25,000
(full-time students) Special Support Element of the Maintenance Loan; Parents’ Learning Allowance; Childcare Grant; Disabled Students’ Allowance;
(part-time students) is in receipt of the following grants/ welfare benefits: Disabled Students’ Allowance; Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income Support; Employment and Support Allowance; Carer’s Allowance;
Students who are care leavers will be eligible for a College Bursary regardless of household income if they meet the eligibility criteria:
UK Home student
Care Leaver –defined as in care for at least 13 weeks, spanning their 16th birthday.
Under 25 on the first day of the academic year they started the current course of study
A small income-assessed HE hardship fund is also available to offer support to students who are experiencing severe financial hardship.
The City of Liverpool College University Centre has a long tradition of providing Initial Teacher Education to those teaching, training and tutoring in the Lifelong Learning Sector. We offer a rewarding programme that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in teaching.
Our campus is based in the heart of Liverpool and offers world class facilities and centralised student finance and support services that provide students with a learning experience like no other. You will have access to dedicated tutors who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.
The quality of our teaching is recognised nationally. In 2021, The City of Liverpool College University Centre scored 96% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
We work in a strong and credible partnership with the University of Huddersfield to deliver our teacher training programmes.
You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. You’ll normally be interviewed by a specialist tutor from the programme. This is usually a one-to-one interview lasting up to one hour.
You may be required to complete a written task.
Adjustments can be made to the interview process to ensure equality of opportunity.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
The College welcomes applicants with disabilities and is proactive both in anticipating needs, and in making reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled students are welcomed and treated fairly.
You do not have to tell us about a disability, but we positively welcome disclosure at any point during your studies, as informing us will ensure that any necessary support from disability specialists or teaching staff can be put in place.
Students can access counselling and mental health support whilst studying with us.
We are also able to offer guidance for students who are applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance and financial support towards related costs.
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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