Our part time courses will set you on your way to becoming a teacher, a workplace trainer or an assessor and will open up many fulfilling career options for you.

Available Courses

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You do not need any qualifications to begin this course, however you must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy, preferably GCSE Grade C or above in each, along with an interest in supporting teaching and learning.
  • Details: If you are new to supporting teaching and learning, looking to start your career or gain the qualification to go with your skills, look no further! This supporting teaching and learning Level 2 qualification will provide you with a recognised qualification and an excellent introduction to the subject where you will gain a comprehensive understanding of what a career in supporting teaching and learning entails.
  • Content: The course consists of nine mandatory units and two optional units. Learners will be expected to cover further learning hours in and out of a school setting.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways. Evidence of learner performance will usually be obtained from assessor observation, where the learner is carrying out real work activities in the workplace and written assignments. Other methods may include simulation, question and answer, discussion and recognition of prior achievement. It is imperative that learners attend the training so they will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups during the training.
  • Progression: Supporting teaching and learning assistants are skilled staff, employed in jobs ranging from part to full time in a variety of schools and other settings. On successful completion of this course you could also progress on to our supporting teaching and learning Level 3.
  • Considerations: Learners are required to attend mandatory training sessions held at the college. The training sessions will cover all mandatory units and help achieve the guided learning hours (GLH) required. This qualification is for members of the
    school voluntary or employed workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils.
  • Fees: £632
  • Exam fee: £74
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Start date: 23.09.2017 | Day of week: Sat (one per month) | Time: 10.00-15.30

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You do not need any qualifications to begin this course, but you must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy, preferably Grade C or above in each. You must be employed as a supporting teaching and learning assistant.
  • Details: If you are currently supporting teaching and learning, looking to further your career or gain the qualification to go with your skills, look no further! This
    supporting teaching and learning Level 3 qualification will provide you with a recognised qualification and excellent further knowledge to the subject area you are working in. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of supporting teaching and learning. During this course you will learn the information needed to hone your skills as a successful supporting teaching and learning assistant.
  • Content: The course consists of 11 mandatory units. Learners will be expected to cover further learning hours in and out of their school setting.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways. Evidence of learner performance will usually be derived from assessor observation, where the learner is carrying out real work activities in the workplace and written
    assignments. Other methods may include simulation, question and answer, discussion and recognition of prior achievement. It is imperative that learners attend the training.
  • Progression: Supporting teaching and learning assistants are skilled staff, employed in jobs ranging from part to full time positions in a variety of schools
    and other settings.
  • Considerations: Learners are required to attend mandatory training sessions held at the college. The training sessions will cover all mandatory units and help achieve the guided learning hours (GLH) required. This qualification is for members of the
    school voluntary or employed workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils.
  • Fees: £1,417 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 3 Information, Advice and Guidance

Start date: 30.10.2017 | Day of week: Mon | Time: 15.00-17.00

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You will need GCSE in English and Maths or equivalents and must be working a minimum of 12 hours per week in an advice and guidance role.
  • Details: The course is suitable for those working directly with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance services. Your employment must involve providing advice and guidance directly to clients, reporting to line management as well as associated services. You may also supervise and support other staff members. Students completing Level 3 must be aged 16yrs+.
  • Content: This qualification is made up of:
    ■ Four mandatory units that include topics such as communication, support, reviewing own contribution and legislation.
    ■ Optional units that are personal to you but could include topics such as decision making, planning courses of action, negotiation and liaison with other services.
    Delivery occurs once per week in a mixed Level 3 and Level 4 group, with some taught sessions as well as support workshops.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed through a complete portfolio of evidence gathered from your employment. This might include observations in the work setting, emails, written tasks and annotated documents.
  • Progression: Progress to a higher level in your current employment. Roles such as business link advisor, citizen advice bureau, counselling or on to other higher qualifications.
  • Considerations: You will need to be observed in your workplace and be self-motivated.
  • Fees: £811 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 4 Information, Advice and Guidance

Start date: 30.10.2017 | Day of week: Mon | Time: 15.00-17.00

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You will need GCSE in English and Maths or equivalents and must be working a minimum of 12 hours per week in an advice and guidance role.
  • Details: The course is suitable for those working directly with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance services. Your employment will involve providing specialist advice and guidance to clients, reporting to senior management and networking with associated services and managing, negotiating, training, evaluating and developing the service provision. Students completing
    Level 4 must be aged 18yrs+.
  • Content: Level 4 you must achieve:
    ■ Five mandatory units that include topics such as legislation, interaction, managing caseloads, networking and evaluation of own contribution.
    ■ Option units that are personal to the learners but could include topics such as creating materials, negotiation, facilitate learning in groups and undertaking research.
    Delivery occurs once per week in a mixed Level 3 and Level 4 group, with some taught sessions as well as support workshops.
  • Assessment: You will be assessed through a complete portfolio of evidence gathered from your employment. This might include observations in the work setting, emails, written tasks and annotated documents.
  • Progression: Progress to a higher level in your current employment. Roles such as business link advisor, citizen advice bureau, counselling or on to other
    higher qualifications.
  • Considerations: You will need to be observed in your workplace and be self-motivated. Level 4 learners must be reporting to a senior manager and networking
    with associated services as well as be working for a minimum of 12 hours in an advice and guidance role.
  • Fees: £2,225 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Start date: 25.09.2017 | Day of week: Mon | Time: 09.30-12.30

Start date: 16.04.2018 | Day of week: Mon | Time: 09.30-12.30

  • Duration: This is a fully inclusive training programme designed to meet your individual needs. This comprises of a minimum of four delivered training sessions, followed by professional discussions, tutorials and practical assessments.
  • Requirements: Suitable for those who have candidates to assess within the workplace as part of a quality framework to show progression of candidates over a period of time and be able to differentiate using a variety of assessment strategies. A minimum of two candidates including special requirement arrangements is essential for at least two units per candidate.
  • Details: A practical based qualification for those who wish to assess occupational competence in the work environment. Intended for those who assess vocational skills knowledge and understanding in a range of environments. i.e. workplace, workshop, classroom, or other training environments.
  • Content: This qualification is made up of three units:
    ■ Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
    ■ Assessing occupational competence in the workplace
  • ■ Assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Assessment: Through the production of a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate assessment practice, observation of practice, and professional discussion.
  • Progression: Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Award in Internal quality assurances of processes and practice.
  • Considerations: Interview with Student Services and a member of the course team required.
  • Fees: £811 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.
Education and Training Handbook QAA

Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)

Multiple start dates available

  • Duration: Maximum of 30 weeks. One to four weeks of theory plus assessing a professional discussion.
  • Requirements: Ideally you will be a qualified assessor working within a qualification framework or working within a qualification framework in a quality lead role.
  • Details: The VTCT Level 4 award in internal quality assurance of assessment processes & practice is a practical based qualification for those who maintain the
    quality of assessment within an organisation or centre.
  • Content: The course is made up of two units:
    ■ Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
    ■ Internally assuring the quality of assessment
  • Assessment: Through assignment and production of a portfolio of evidence and observation of practice.
  • Progression: Level 4 certificate in leading internal quality assurance of assessment process & practice.
  • Considerations: The course is available on request dates, times and number of classroom sessions will be discussed at the first session. For the practical observation you will need a minimum of two assessors to verify as part of the process.
  • Fees: £504
  • Exam fee: £63
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Start date: 15.01.2018 | Day of week: Wed | Time: 09.30-12.30

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Requirements: No formal pre-requisites are required. Desirable C grades or equivalent.
  • Details: The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career in further education or have recently started teaching. The course will teach about planning, preparation and basic course design. You will also gain teaching delivery skills by participating in micro-teach sessions.
  • Content: The course is made up of three units:
    ■ Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
    ■ Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training
    ■ Understanding assessment in education and training
  • Assessment: Through written assignments, presentations, production of a portfolio and micro-teach practical assessments.
  • Progression: Level 5 diploma in Education and Training. Level 4 certificate in Education and Training.
  • Considerations: Interview with Student Services and a member of the course team required.
  • Fees: £672
  • Exam fee: £56
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

Start date: 18.04.2018 | Day of week: Weds | Time: 17.30-20.30

  • Duration: 54 weeks
  • Requirements: Level 3 award in education and training or equivalent qualification. GCSE C or above in English, Maths or similar, or be working towards these qualifications. A minimum of 100 hours teaching over the duration of the programme.
  • Details: Highly successful student centred practical focused Level 5 programme that equips students to teach in the ever changing climate of education and training. The course includes a variety of approaches and strategies for effective and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment. The course is taught holistically over five terms to develop the combination of essential skills and knowledge to be applied within the sector. A nationally recognised qualification that will provide you with skills to teach in further education. This will provide you with personal skills and attributes for teaching, assessing and supporting learners.
  • Content: Four mandatory units equalling 75 credits plus the three additional units of:
    ■ Action research
    ■ Teaching in a specialist area
    ■ Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area
  • Assessment: Through written assignments, presentations, a minimum of eight observations over the duration of the course and production of a portfolio of reflective journal activities.
  • Progression:
    Further higher educational teaching qualifications
    ■ Employment in teaching
    ■ Educational support roles.
    ■ QTLS status may be gained
  • Considerations: Candidates will need a regular teaching or training commitment over the two year period of the course. You will need to show that you have a total of 100 hours in the classroom. It is important to secure teaching hours before embarking on this programme as it is an integral part of the course.
  • Fees: £2,225 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.
Student Handbook

Funding Information

This course could be free! Some courses are eligible for funding if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Full details regarding funding and eligibility will be provided upon application.

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