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This course is designed to develop you as a professional teacher/trainer by broadening and enhancing your professional knowledge and understanding, skills-base and practice. It is a part-time, two-year, in-service course, delivered one evening per week. There is a PGCE pathway available in year 2 for graduates and an opportunity for English and maths teachers to complete two modules in their specialist areas.

If successful you will be awarded either the:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or the Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.
  • If you have taken the English or Maths pathway you will receive accreditation for two units in your specialism.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject &/or vocational qualification at Level 3 or above (or evidence of extensive industrial experience)
  • Evidence of degree - to complete PGCE pathway
  • Minimum 100 hours teaching practice (40hrs Yr1 and 60hrs Yr2)
  • A subject mentor secured prior to starting the course
  • Effective communication and a good command of written English
  • Successful completion of written initial assessment and online literacy and numeracy diagnostics
  • Additional assessment for maths and English specialists

To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018

Fees: £2,700 per year (£5,400 in total) ALL fees will be collected by Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Candidates build an online portfolio of evidence which will include: written assignments, presentations, peer observations, teaching observations and reflective logs etc. There is no final examination.

    Aims of the course

    To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers and trainers working in Further Education colleges, adult and community learning, 14-19 units in schools and academies, private training organisations, prison education and the public services (police, paramedics, fire service).

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course may lead to: to increased responsibilities, further teaching opportunities, paid/permanent employment/promotion in this sector; progression to the Diploma in Teaching in either English or Mathematics or the top-up BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training (2-yrs).

    Professional accreditation: Post qualification you may apply for and register for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).


    There will be a mix of delivery models used: classroom-based teaching, seminars, tutorials and workshops, independent research study and online learning. You will also have access to our VLE sites (eME and Blackboard) that will provide you with a range of materials and resources to support your learning whilst on this course. Both individual tutorial support and additional learning support are also available, if required.

    Career Options

    Teaching/training profession

    What can I earn as a teacher? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. With a vocational qualification in teaching, you'll be starting on a career path with lots of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights.

    For example:

    • Teaching assistants start on around £15,000 a year and can earn £19,000 with a few years' experience
    • Special needs teachers start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £46,000 with a few years' experience
    • Secondary school teachers start on around £29,000 a year and can earn up to £47,000 with a few years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in teaching, we offer a range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our tiered qualifications are taught by expert tutors and include valuable work experience, giving you the confidence and skills to take your first steps in this rewarding sector.

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Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Evening
Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/10/2019
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 2,700 p/year
24+ £2,700 p/year
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Eka Triandapilidi

Eka Triandapilidi

After a very successful year in Level 1 ESOL, Eka started her career path with a teaching assistant job in a primary school in Bromley. She is very happy and sees this as an opportunity to inspire and motivate children and to continue improving her own English skills, wherever possible.

Gentjana Aliaj

One highlight of my time at university has been the opportunity to meet professionals in my field whose work and research has completely changed my perspective of the world we live in.

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