Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.
For this course you must: Be engaged in teaching in post-compulsory (i.e. Further, Higher or Adult) education for at least 50 hours per year. Be qualified in the content of the material being taught (usually holding a first degree in that subject) Be able to communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English, and demonstrate appropriate skills in numeracy (QCF level 2). The simplest way of showing this is a pass at Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, but other accredited evidence from a recognised awarding body is equally acceptable, providing that you can demonstrate their equivalence at interview. You need to bring documentary evidence with you to your interview. If documentary evidence is not available, you will be asked to undertake a skills test.
You might in any case find it useful to do such a test if you have been out of formal education (in a student role, of course) for some time. You may have to undertake a similar test for QTLS, and we would not want anyone to be too distracted by having to work too hard to meet the grade for that. You must not have been previously excluded from teaching or working with young people. If you are planning or applying to work with young people under 18 (under Eligibility Code 04) your employer will need to seek DBS clearance, although under some circumstances you may be liable for the fee.
This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at www.beds.ac.uk. The Award qualifies you to teach in post-compulsory education. The course is designed to enable you to develop your skills, confidence and theoretical knowledge in education and training.
Who is the course suitable for?
The courses are suitable for teachers or intending teachers in post-compulsory education.
The course is based on reflective learning with skills-based, practical teaching. You will learn how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods; how to plan and develop inclusive learning and promote equality in your lessons and understand how to use a range of classroom management skills. You will examine teaching and learning theories and learning about the contexts in which teaching and training happen. You will consider curriculum design and will review, reflect on and develop your own professional practice.
Development of Maths and English
You will build on a range of study and vocational skills including English and Mathematics and ICT during the course.
Employability Skills Development
College and University staff will support your professional development throughout the course, discussing the range of jobs available in education settings and linking them to your skills and experience.
How will the course be taught?
The course is taught on Mondays (first year) and Fridays (second year.) There will be lectures, discussions, supported research, support group working and reflection. You will have access to the University of Bedfordshire's virtual learning environment and will have access to all the facilities of both organisations.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Assessment is through a series of assignments and a portfolio which includes reflection on your practice. Your tutor will help you track your progress and support you in completing the programme of assessment successfully.
Are there any additional costs?
There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery, and a good USB stick and a scientific calculator are useful. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you don't have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college or at the University.
What course can I do next?
Upon completing your course, you have a great range of options available to help you continue your adventure. Upon successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your knowledge of education to help develop your career or move into a teaching-related role within post-compulsory education. You can undertake a process of Professional Formation after achieving the Award which will qualify you to teach in schools as well. After completion of the course you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher: Learning and Skills status (QTLS) with the University of Bedfordshire.
Where can I get further support/advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Apply through our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk. You will be invited to an information, assessment, interview and advice session.