About the course
This is a University validated Diploma in Education and Training offered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.
Teachers and trainers who do not hold a degree will study at Level 5 and those with degrees who have the capability of working at Level 6 or above, the ProfGCE pathway will be available. The advantage of such a qualification is that it has been developed collaboratively with employers, professionals and institutions. It is vocationally relevant and designed to meet the needs of a diverse workforce.
It is a part-time, two-year in-service course with one attendance every week which aims 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).
How to apply
- Register and apply via www.canterbury.ac.uk/online
What you will study
Diploma and ProfGCE
Module 1 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Module 2 Planning and Assessing
Module 3 Applying Theory to Practice
Module 4 Reflecting on Practice
Module 5 Curriculum
Module 6 Professional Practice
- You will be given access to a wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Modules may include seminars, lectures and group discussions and projects, with many utilising individual and peer presentation format.
- Given that the course is primarily for staff already working in the further education and skills sector, maximum use of student experience and expertise is made, including student led sessions aimed at sharing examples of good practice with colleagues.
- Modules include self-directed study activities, investigations and ebased learning.
- You will be required to have a minimum of 100 hours teaching for the Diploma/ProfGCE.
- For the Diploma/ProfGCE students are required to undertake eight teaching observations. These provide the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and understanding, to improve subject specialist teaching and to receive practical advice.
- We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
- You will receive feedback on all formal assessments, including presentations and observations of your teaching practice. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor or in the case of teaching practice observations, the programme tutor who observes you.
- To achieve the qualification you must achieve a grade of ‘Pass’ for each module in years 1 and 2 and have completed 8 teaching practice observations (4 in year 1 and 4 in year 2). You are required to submit your Professional Practice Portfolio at the end of year 1 and again at the end of year 2. Your portfolio will be given a summative grade.
- Students will need to be able to write at Level 3 (A level) standard. Most assignments and reports have a word count of around 2000 words.
GCSEs - grades A*-C in English and maths
Level 3/4 qualification and experience in your area of expertise
- Enhanced DBS clearance
- A letter from your employer confirming your role and number of teaching hours
- You must be teaching or training for a minimum of two hours per-week if already employed. You will need 100 hours teaching practice across the 2 years of the programme – 40 hours teaching practice in year 1
- All applicants will complete English and Maths tests at interview
Costs and loans
- You can apply for a student loan for this course
- Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded the Diploma in Education and Training (non-graduates) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education ProfGCE ( graduates)
- Non-graduates who complete the Diploma can progress onto the BA(Hons) Education and Training
- Employment as a teacher or trainer in the lifelong learning sector
Successful completion of the programme you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and be fully qualified to work in the sector.
Learning and Teaching
The programme is delivered across one evening per week for 2 years. The sessions are made up of taught lectures, workshops, independent study time and tutorials with your personal tutor. You will typically have around 3 contact hours per week. Students will be introduced to key topics and concepts during the modules but are required to engage with additional wider reading and research to enhance their chance of success on the programme.
When not attending lectures or workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects and presentations, preparing for module assignments and teaching observations, and observing your peers as they teach. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings or internet sources and/or activities to engage with before class. Each module requires you to undertake independent research, linked to the focus for the module and your own teaching practice or the education setting you are based in.
You will typically have 3 contact hours per week. For each module your study time is approximately 6 hours per week. You must be teaching or training for a minimum of two hours per-week if already employed. You will need 100 hours teaching practice across the 2 years of the programme – 40 hours teaching practice in year 1. Teaching practice will require you to prepare for the lesson you plan to teach and to create appropriate lesson resources.
The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. All our team members hold academic degrees and/or post-graduate academic qualifications, together with teaching qualifications. They are research active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.