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Introduction to the course

The programme is for teachers who are working or intend to work in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector, for example in Further Education, Adult and Community Education or Offender Learning. The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to carry out your teaching role. Additionally, for those following the specialist pathways (English, Maths or Disabled Learners), you will enhance your subject knowledge in these areas as well as developing subject specialist teaching skills. Where applicable on successful completion of the programme you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and be fully qualified to work in the sector. The overarching aims of the programme are to enable you to become an effective and critical teacher in the FE and Skills Sector. To this end it aims to develop;

  • The knowledge and skills to provide effective, inclusive teaching, learning and assessment opportunities for their learners.

  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of social, political, pedagogical, economic and curriculum issues affecting the wider FE and Skills Sector.

  • The ability to meet the requirements for achievement of the professional standards laid down for teachers in the FE and Skills Sector.

  • The ability to use reflection on experience to develop inclusive practice.

  • The ability to use professional and academic texts to develop a principled understanding of theory and practice.

  • The subject specific knowledge and understanding of English or Mathematics for those on specialist pathways.

What do I need?

Subject specialist qualifications and/or experience at level 3 must be presented at interview.

You must hold or be working towards achievement of level 2 equivalences in English and Maths. You must have access to 100 hours of teaching practice over the duration of the programme.You must be able to successfully complete the written assessment requirements of the course at the appropriate academic level.For the English and Maths specialist pathways you will need to evidence English or Maths processing skills at Level 3. For the specialist pathways, 50% of your teaching practice must be in the subject specialisms. For the English and Maths specialism teaching must cover two distinct levels.

How is the course taught?

The aim of the programme is to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector. The programme aims to develop a range of professional values, skills and knowledge necessary to produce effective, inclusive learning for individuals together with knowledge and understanding of social, pedagogical, political, economic and curriculum issues relevant to the Lifelong Learning sector.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete written assignments. You will carry out peer observations and reflect on your experience. You will also be assessed through 8 observations of your teaching practice and you will need to complete a progress log evaluating your progress and setting targets for further development. Each module will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence including observations, reflections and written work equivalent to 4000 words. You will be provided with a portfolio guidance sheet about how to structure and present all of your work for final submission. To achieve a Pass grade on each module it is necessary to pass all the tasks within a module. To successfully complete the programme, it is necessary to achieve a Pass grade in each of the modules and to have logged the required number of teaching hours.In line with the emphasis on the development of practical teaching skills, part of the assessment on the programme is the requirement that you will have observations of your teaching practice, where a written report on a teaching session is produced either by a mentor or the programme tutor. You will be observed teaching at least eight hours over the programme. All observations must be a “pass”. Where an observation is recorded as achieving less than ‘minimum standard’ there is one opportunity to retake the observation. If the second observation is then recorded as a fail then you fail the module and will be required to withdraw from the programme.You must complete a Progress Log (PL) over the duration of the programme. The PL will include reflective logs and specific targets for development as well as evidence of progress. The log will act as a cohesive element across the whole programme and will be critically reviewed at tutorials and form part of the portfolio assessment for each module.You must present all of your work in the form of a portfolio of evidence and hand this to your tutor at the deadline given to you in preparation for the relevant Examination Board.

What does it lead to?

By the end of the programme you will have the knowledge and skills to teach your subject in the FE and Skills Sector. You will be able to plan and teach effective and inclusive lessons and be able to critically evaluate your teaching to promote further development.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Provide education and training for a range of careers in the production industries

  • Lead to opportunities for potential workers in the music sector to achieve a nationally recognized level 4 or 5 vocationally specific qualification

Diploma in Education and Training

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical perspectives in planning, teaching and assessment.

2.Apply this understanding to plan, manage and deliver inclusive learning, teaching and assessment in a specialist subject.

3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of social, political, pedagogical, economic and curriculum issues affecting the wider FE and Skills Sector.

4.Evaluate own teaching in order to improve professional practice.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key theoretical perspectives in planning, teaching and assessment.

2.Apply this understanding to plan, manage and deliver inclusive learning, teaching and assessment in a specialist subject.

3.Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding and be able to critically evaluate the impact of a range of social, political, pedagogical, economic and curriculum issues affecting the wider FE and Skills Sector.

4.Critically evaluate own teaching in order to improve professional practice.


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 21 Sep 2018 - 5 Jul 2019 - Daytime

Course Code: DP5MTCHH / 18DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

Information on how to apply
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Melike Dosku Specialist Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy and ESOL Level 5

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