Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 7 Part-Time Evening Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

If you are already working as a teacher/trainer or you want to work as a teacher/trainer and you would like to achieve the sector qualification for teaching in post-16 settings, this course is for you.

Colleges and universities need teachers with specialist subject knowledge! If you have gained a degree or a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area, you could be a teacher in post-16 education and inspire the next generation.

For the graduate route of this qualification, you will need to hold a 2:2 or above Honours Degree from a UK/HE institution.
For the Professional Certificate route, you will need to hold a full Level 3 qualification in your subject specialism.

All applicants must hold GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications. If English is not your first language, you will require IELTS qualifications at a score of 6.5 in these subjects.

You must also have: an Enhanced DBS Check, confirmation that you have secured 100 hours of teaching practice over the two years and have completed a Health Questionnaire.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 2750.00 *subject to change You will be required to purchase your own stationery.

You will be taught using a range of teaching techniques including classroom delivered sessions, interactive workshops and self-study. Most teaching will take place in the classroom, with opportunities for you to access online learning.
Assessment methods include: formal written tasks; presentations; independent learning; poster presentations; case studies and microteach sessions. You will be observed 8 times in practice over the course of the 2 years, and compile an e-portfolio to demonstrate your learning across the programme.

GCSE Mathematics and English certificates (A-C, or grade 4 or above pass), or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications are entry requirements for this course. You will be expected to produce these certificates at interview before the course begins.

You should already be working in the sector as a teacher or trainer. If you are not already teaching, you will be required to obtain a teaching/training placement in your specialist area for 50 hours in your first year and 50 hours in your second year.

You can enrol at the campus of your choice – you will be expected to attend College for one session a week at either our Washington or Ashington campuses. You will also be required to log 50 hours’ teaching in Year 1, and 50 hours’ teaching in Year 2. You will be expected to work independently through self-study to complete assignments – typically this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research and reflecting on your practice.

University of Sunderland

Usually one evening per week – to be confirmed at enrolment.

This 2-year part-time programme is for people who are already working as teachers or trainers to enable them to achieve the sector qualification for teaching in post-16 settings.

- Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 credits)
- Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
- Contextualising Policy and Curriculum (20 credits)
- Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change (20 credits)
- Advancing Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 credits)
- Practical Teaching and Professional Development (20 credits)

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You will be required to arrange a mentor in your teaching practice, to support and observe you throughout the course. This course is taught at our Washington or Ashington Campuses; you will choose which site you want to study at when you enrol.

What’s next?

You could enrol onto the MA in Education (for graduates only). For those without a degree there is an opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Education Studies at the University of Sunderland.

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