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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time; 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    17 October 2018

Course content

This programme is specifically to train teachers wanting to teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges and adult and community settings. Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range - subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Course details

Demand for places on this course is very high, so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. The programme is delivered full time and part time. The full-time programme is a pre-service award for those intending to teach in the sector and is offered at Teesside University Middlesbrough campus, Darlington College and Stockton Riverside College. The full-time award, delivered at Stockton Riverside College, is specifically for those wanting to be adult literacy or numeracy specialists. The part-time award is offered at Darlington College, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Redcar & Cleveland College, and Stockton Riverside College. 

If you are an international student, you are eligible to apply for the programme delivered at Teesside University campus only (not the colleges).

The part-time programme is available as an in-service award if you are currently employed in teaching or training in the sector. If you are not in a paid teaching post, a pre-service part-time route is available but you must be able to find your own teaching practice. We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. Both full-time and part-time routes cover a range of topics including planning and assessment, theories and principles for enabling learning, curriculum design and development plus being a professional in the sector. You study specialist modules if you choose to follow the literacy or numeracy subject-specialist programme. Your award title on qualification will also reflect your chosen specialist route rather than the generic award title. Find out about continued professional development at the Education and Training Foundation.

Professional accreditation

This qualification meets the national units of assessment and professional standards. It also meets the national requirements for practitioners carrying out the full teaching role. 

On completion of the full award, you will have met the national requirements for the Diploma in Education and Training and will be in a position to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please note this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course is Ofsted inspected.

You study a range of modules that takes you from preparing to teach through to more advanced practice skills. You also study issues affecting the education and training educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance, and your own personal and professional development needs. 

If you are studying a subject-specialist award, there are modules that develop your subject knowledge and understanding as well as modules that focus on how you develop this into subject-specialist pedagogy in your teaching practice. 

All programmes are mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (The Education and Training Foundation) and are in line with national requirements for Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education and Training, and Diploma in Education and Training. These are referred to throughout your progression through the programme, as they are the occupational standards used throughout the sector.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules (all awards)

  • Educational Theories and Concepts
  • Extending Approaches to Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Learning and Teaching in the Specialist Subject
  • Theory and Policy in Education

Core modules (Adult Literacy Specialist award only)

  • Concepts and Learning in Literacy
  • Learning and Teaching in Literacy
  • Theories and Frameworks in Literacy

Core modules (Adult Numeracy Specialist award only)

  • Concepts and Learning in Numeracy
  • Learning and Teaching in Numeracy
  • Theories and Frameworks in Numeracy

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Generally you are taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. A range of specialist tutors contribute to your lecture and seminar sessions – these are supported through our virtual learning environment where you access a range of resources to support course activities.

The course has a substantial element of teaching practice – vital to your learning and development as a practitioner. In addition, you are encouraged to develop your teaching skills by observing experienced practitioners, using simulations and/or training classes, and by watching good practice videos.

Your practice mentor supports your time on placement and helps you develop reflective practice skills as an aid to your learning and professional development. The course also helps develop your employability skills. You develop an individual learning portfolio which holistically tracks your development over the programme with specific reference to your academic and teaching skills.

How you are assessed

Typically you are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals, teaching portfolios, and observations of your teaching practice.

Within the academic year there is a compulsory (assessed) student conference where you work with fellow subject specialists. If you are already in employment you must make arrangements to attend. The date for the event is identified within induction week.


Work placement

You must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice in an appropriate teaching environment. If studying part time these practice hours are split into 40 hours in Year 1 and 60 hours in Year 2. 

At your teaching practice a placement mentor supports you with orientation with the school/college and beginning your teaching ideas. This mentor also helps you transfer your knowledge from theory to practice, observes your practice and gives you formative and summative feedback towards module outcomes.

Career opportunities

Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. Our graduate employment record is very good. Students go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations. 

Some students gain employment in secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or masters’ courses at the University.

Visit the Education and Training Professional Graduate Certificate in Education page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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