Course Information

What does the course involve?

During this course you will study a number of units that underpin your role and responsibilities in becoming an outstanding practitioner of education and training.  We will help you recognise the key challenges of the sector, lead the planning of your own improvement as a reflective practitioner, and develop a professional approach to your role in ways that will engage and inspire your learners or trainees.  You will be required to apply all unit delivery to you subject specialism and embrace the use innovative technology where appropriate.

The course comprises of the following units:

  • Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners
  • Delivering education and training
  • Assessing learners
  • Using resources
  • Teaching in a specialist area

Entry Requirements

  • Access to appropriate professional practice in the education or training sector for a minimum of 30hrs over the academic year (e.g. 1 hour a week of teaching or training for 30 weeks).
  • Access to regular mentor support in your specialist area is desirable.
  • A minimum of a level 3 qualification in your specialist area – Relevant professional, industrial or commercial experience will considered if formal qualifications are not available or relevant.

What are the assessment methods?

The course will be delivered via classroom based sessions that will combine a variety of student and tutor led activities - for example small and large group discussions, student led seminars, 1:1 tutorials, Peer assessed micro-teaches, individual and small group research tasks and student led presentations.  The innovative use of technology will be promoted and used to provide an engaging, interactive and inclusive learning environment.  Supportive course materials will be made available via our Online Learning Platform (Blackboard) and fully equipped Learning Resource Centre.

The modules outlined above will be assessed via teaching and learning observations; written reports; reflective journal entries; peer assessed seminars and presentations; development of specialist subject resources and a professional teaching portfolio.

How long is the course?

Duration part-time: One morning or evening a week (3hrs) for the academic year (approx. 30 weeks).

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Places on this course will be reserved following an interview and receipt of payment. If learners are aged 19 years + they may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan.

What are the progression options?

Students who complete the Level 4 Certificate may be eligible to progress onto the L5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

Career progression in a teaching or training role within your current organisation or business and access to full time or Part-time teaching, lecturing or training positions in the Further Education and Skills sector. 

Awarding Body

We use Pearson Edexcel as the Awarding Organisation for our course. For more information on Pearson Edexcel, please refer to their website at

How to Apply

Please submit an Online Application Form through our website; alternatively you can complete a paper application form. A member of our Teacher Training team will then contact you to arrange an interview.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries please email Teacher Training Administration at or alternatively telephone 01278 655003.

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