The diploma is the full teaching qualification for the further education sector. The aim of the diploma is to provide teachers, trainer and tutors in - or intending to enter into - a full teaching role with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively fulfil their role and to claim Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).
To enrol on this course, you must hold a Level 3 qualification in your chosen subject specialism.
You will need to possess reasonable levels of language, literacy and numeracy for entry onto the Level 5 course.
A collated portfolio of evidence for the course is internally assessed and externally quality assured. All the evidence generated by the trainee will be assessed against the standards expected at Level 5 for each learning outcome.
Assessment of units is coursework-based, and eight classroom-based observations are carried out across the two years.
Teaching on the course is classroom-based and will focus on aspects of planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning. During sessions trainees will embed theories and principles in education and training and demonstrate them in their practice.
Trainees will be expected to carry out research into professionalism in education and training policies and consider their impact on their role and their accountability as a teacher/trainer. In second year of the programme, you will carry out research into professionalism in education and training policies and consider the impact on your role and your accountability as a teacher/trainer.
You will need to possess reasonable levels of language, literacy and numeracy for entry onto the Level 5 course. it is advisable that you have Level 2 Maths and English or GCSE grade 4/C or commit to maintaining your own development of these skills throughout the course.
A minimum of 50 hours of teaching during each year of study (total 100 hours across 2 years of study) during which you have full responsibility for planning, delivering and assessing specific areas of the provision you work in.
Applicants that are suitably qualified at Level 3 or above but are not employed within the sector will be considered for a placement, although a placement cannot be guaranteed by the college.
Any placement should be within a local school, sixth form, college or adult learning institution, teaching at least 14 students.
Work placements within an educational or community environment will require an enhanced DBS check.
During your placement, you should have a mentor in the workplace who is a qualified teacher/lecturer (i.e. PgCE, Cert. Ed or DTLLs.) and where possible is a subject specialist in the same area.
The course is delivered in the evening from 17:15pm-20:15pm and is usually on a Thursday evening.
This is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector that includes institutions such as:
- Further education colleges
- Adult and community learning
- Schools and academies
- Private training organisations
- Prison education
- Public services (police, paramedics and fire service)
Following the completion of this course, you could progress to university to continue your studies, or gain employment in a teaching related role.
We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.
Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.
Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.