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

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16-18 N/A
19-24 £2,700 p/ year
24+ £2,700 p/ year
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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.

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).

Unit Breakdown

You will study six mandatory modules:

Year 1

  • Module 1: Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • Module 2: Planning and Assessing
  • Module 3: Applying Theory to Practice

Year 2

  • Module 4: Reflecting on Practice
  • Module 5: Curriculum
  • Module 6: Professional Practice.
  • English or Maths pathway candidates will study/complete Module 1 and Module 5 within own specialism.

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.

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).

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.

To find out more go to https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/courses/teaching or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


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.

Services Provided

Canterbury Christ Church University:

  • Library Services: including online resources (e.g. books, journal articles) and support.
  • Student Support Services including student welfare services, counselling, disability and Equal Opportunities, Student Study Support, student health and financial support).
  • Careers and Student Development: including the Careers Advisory Service, CV service, BA/BSc and GMS references, Jobshop, Volunteering, Destination of Leavers and Employability services.
  • Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) - provides a range of materials, resources etc. to support you whilst studying.
  • Coaching: optional free additional coaching opportunities to enhance the quality and effectiveness of your teaching. Lewisham Southwark College:
  • Learning Centre - a range of books, HE Study Room, use of PCs
  • Virtual Learning Environment (eME) - provides a range of materials, resources etc. to support you whilst studying.

Do I need to register?

You will be provided with the relevant information to complete an online registration at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Process for Application

  • Fees for the second year of two-year courses may be subject to change.
  • To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018

Firstly complete/submit the online application for the College, you will then be invited in for interview and assessment. If you are offered a place you will then be asked to provide the following:

  • Highest qualification
  • English and Maths qualification (if applicable)
  • DBS
  • Passport
  • Evidence of teaching hours and subject mentor

You will be provided with:

  • Application for the university - this must be returned to your Course Tutor for processing at the University.
  • Fees/Funding Information Sheet

What could I earn?

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All teacher training courses take place at our Southwark Campus (not Lewisham Way).

All admissions interviews and enrolment sessions also take place at Southwark:

25 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF

Email: For general enquiries please contact us at info@lscollege.ac.uk.  For application enquiries please contact us at apply@lscollege.ac.uk  

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