We understand the importance of teaching and know how rewarding a profession it can be.

Depending on your experience, we have a range of teacher training courses designed for new or experienced teachers and lecturers, which help you to develop the skills to lead and inspire in education.

Teaching offers fantastic career prospects, and our education and training courses are a great place to start or further develop your skills in the profession.

Our teacher training courses

At CONEL, we offer progression routes from Level 2 to Level 5 and some postgraduate qualifications.

Our teacher training courses include:

  • Supporting Adults and Young People in Essential Skills
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Assessing Vocational Achievements
  • English Literacy and Numeracy
  • Education and Training
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Specialist Diplomas in English, Literacy, ESOL and Teaching Disabled Learners
  • Access to Higher Education: Teaching

We provide a range of courses for those who are interested in or already working in the further education and skills sector. Our courses are suitable for those  working in further and adult education, schools, private and voluntary training providers. You can undertake a range of courses to meet your  needs, whether you are new to teaching or already in a teaching role.

Our provision offers qualifications ranging from level 3 such as the Introductory Award in Education and Training, Level 3 Award in teaching English/ Literacy and mathematics; Certificate in Education and Training at level 4,  Diploma in Education and Training  courses (120 credits level 4&5) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE level 6) and PGCE in Further Education offered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. We also offer courses with subject  specialism in English- ESOL and Literacy and  Teaching Learners with Special Needs.

We are proud to offer, in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, a range of professional and academic training courses which lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTLS).The PGCE programme at CCCU has been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, one of the few programmes to be recognised as such nationally. In a competitive employment marketplace, you would have the added edge of a professional qualification from an institution noted as a centre of excellence for teacher education and development. In addition, the qualification of ‘PGCE’ is instantly recognisable to potential employers as signifying that you have both a degree as well as the appropriate teaching qualification needed.

How much do teachers earn?

If you’re considering a career in teaching, you’ll probably want to know how well the profession pays. Once you’ve completed one of our Teacher Education courses or apprenticeships, you could be on the path to a career in professions such as:

  • Teaching Assistant: Hourly Pay £9.43, Weekly Pay £330, Annual Pay £17,160
  • Learning Mentor/Assistants: Hourly Pay £9,44, Weekly Pay £340, Annual Pay £17,680
  • Library Assistant: Hourly Pay £10.86, Weekly Pay £380, Annual Pay £19,760
  • Primary School Teacher: Hourly Pay £20.01, Weekly Pay £690, Annual Pay £35,880
  • Secondary School Teacher: Hourly Pay £22.73, Weekly Pay £750, Annual Pay £39,000
  • FE Lecturer: Hourly Pay £19.46, Weekly Pay £720, Annual Pay £37,440

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Tanzina Shafi

An excellent student, Tanzina showed real dedication to pass her Specialist Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy ESOL, having previously completed an Education and Training Certificate. She now works as an...

Sophie Chilumpha

An exceptional student, Sophie successfully completed her diploma while also studying an MSc in Sport Business Management with the University of Central Lancashire. She achieved outstanding grades and now works...

Piroska Szell

A truly inspirational student, Piroska completed her PGCE Further Education course with Distinction. She poured her passion and enthusiasm into her studies to acquire the skills and knowledge she needed...

Melina Louli

Melina overcame a number of barriers to successfully complete her Education and Training Certificate. Originally from Greece, she previously studied English to improve her language skills and a maths teaching...

Marsida Harushaj

Marsida successfully achieved two teaching qualifications having started out as an ESOL student at CONEL. She was soon identified as a potential learner who could progress to become a teacher...

Mamena Mbele

Mamena was a hard working and knowledgeable student who completed all assignments to deadline. Her tutors recognised her contribution in group work and her support for other students. Mamena also...

Stefanie Agternkamp

Stefanie worked exceptionally hard to prepare for all her teaching practice lessons and meet all deadlines to pass her course. She demonstrated excellent organisational and prioritising skills during her studies...

Diana Asante

A very committed student, Diana completed the course with an outstanding grade for her teaching. Throughout her studies she made excellent progress in all areas of teaching and learning. Diana...

Lorraine Davies

A very dedicated and impressive student, Lorraine performed superbly across all aspects of the course. She collaborated well, shared resources and offered support to her peers. Lorraine is now working...

Louise Webber

Louise works as an Enrichment Engagement Officer at CONEL. Throughout her studies she was highly motivated, enthusiastic and showed a real passion for teaching. She demonstrated a deep commitment to...

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Melike Dosku

I love being here and have completed all my assessments successfully. My tutor’s support is amazing.

Melike Dosku Specialist Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy and ESOL Level 5

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