The University of Bolton Professional Diploma in Education (Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) is a teacher training course for non-graduates who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector of education; for example, in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning. Your choice of study will depend on the subject and area in which you wish to teach. For teaching in a vocational and/or academic curriculum area you will choose the Generic pathway.
For teaching ESOL/literacy or numeracy you will choose the Skills for Life pathway. For teaching learners with additional needs you will choose the Teaching Learners with Additional Needs pathway. You should select your specialist area at the time of your application. The full PDE awards equate to the DTLLS qualifications.
You may study the Generic pathway at either the University of Bolton or at a partner college. If you wish to study at a partner college, you will need to contact the college directly for timetable information. Full contact details of our partner colleges are available by visiting our 'related links' section and selecting our 'partner colleges' web page. Please note: the Skills for Life pathways are only available for study at the University of Bolton; Bury College offers (ESOL/Literacy specialism route).
The Teaching Learners with Additional Needs pathway is only available at the University of Bolton. As part of your studies you will be required to carry out a teaching placement equivalent to two days a week. This may involve daytime or evening teaching or both. The university or partner college at which you are studying may find your placement for you or it may be possible for you to organise your own placement. If you organise your own placement this must be agreed in advance with your tutor who will need to confirm that the placement is suitable.