Interested in trying out the teaching profession without committing to long-term study? This is the course for you. It’s also suitable if you currently do a small amount of teaching and want to expand your skill set. This replaces our PTLLS (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) course.
This course introduces you to effective teaching methods. It features a variety of teaching and learning approaches including seminars, group work, peer teaching, tutorials and presentations. Course content includes:
- Lesson planning
- Communication skills
- Resource development
- Different assessment methods
- Legislation in education
- Professional reflection.
You’ll build up a portfolio of assignments over the course. You’ll also carry out a short session of teaching in class.
You’ll need to demonstrate good levels of written English. You’ll also need a willingness to develop teaching approaches that are appropriate for adults with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You’ll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you’ll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don’t need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
Once you’ve achieved this award, you’ll be in a much stronger position to apply for teaching hours in the further education and skills sector. You may also want to enrol on the DET/PGCE course and become a fully qualified teacher.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies.
What will I learn?
The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required by teachers in the further education and skills sector, such as:
– the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
– planning and delivering inclusive teaching and learning
– assessment of learners and constructive feedback
– facilitating learning and development for individuals
– facilitating learning and development in groups
– understanding principles and practices of assessment
It is an ideal introduction to a teaching career with adult learners or in the further education and skills sector.
How will I be taught?
10 face to face sessions, including observation and delivery of a practical micro-teach.
Teaching and learning strategies include discussions, group work, problem-solving activities, presentations, essays, reading and writing exercises and use of interactive technology.
How will I be assessed?
There will be continuous assessment of written and practical assignments throughout the programme.
You will be required to plan, deliver and reflect on a 20-30 minute micro-teach on a subject of your choice to other members of your group. You will also write up your observation notes and feedback to other group members on their micro-teaches.
Examples of recent micro-teaches include:
– Measuring tyre tread depth
– Communicating through British Sign Language
– Making a scented moth repellent
– Spark plug maintenance
– Hygienic hand washing
– Contouring the face with stage make-up
– Cake decorating
– Cockney rhyming slang
– World Cup spreadsheet
What qualifications do I need to qualify for this course?
There are no specific qualifications required.
What can I do after this course?
You could work as teacher, trainer or learning support assistant in a range of organisations in the lifelong learning sector, such as FE colleges, adult and community education and private sector training providers.
You could go on to do the level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. If you already have a degree, you could do the Level 6 PGCE. Achieving level 5 or 6 would enable you to apply for qualified teacher status (QTLS).