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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 5
Awarding body TU
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date October 2017
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time
You can enrol onto this course, come to the college and our staff will be able to help you.

Course overview

The award is a generic programme for those who wish to teach in post-compulsory education settings. This course has been designed specifically to train teachers who wish to teach in lifelong learning sector educational settings, such as FE colleges and adult community settings.

Entry requirements

For entry requirements please see the Teesside University's website:



How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please complete the Teesside University Online Application Form. Once your application has been received you will receive an acknowledgement from Teesside University. Following this you will be contacted by either the course tutor or the Admissions Department at Darlington College with regards an interview.

Studying and learning

You will learn in a variety of ways. Generally you will be taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. Sessions are supported via the virtual learning environment where you will access a range of resources to support the activities on the course.

The course has a substantial element of teaching practice, which is vital to your learning and development as a practitioner. In addition to this you will be encouraged to develop your teaching skills through observations of experienced practitioners, use of simulations and/or training classes and by watching good practice video footage. You will need a practice mentor who will support your time at placement and help you develop reflective practice skills as an aid to your learning and professional development. The course will also help to develop your employability skills.  You must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice in an appropriate teaching environment – 40 hours in the first year and 60 hours in the second.

We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. There is a wide range of topics including planning and assessment, meeting learners’ needs, learning and tutoring, curriculum design and innovation plus work-based experience.

You will study a range of modules which will take you from an introduction to teaching and learning through to more advanced practice skills. You will also study a range of wider issues which affect the lifelong learning educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance and your own personal and professional development needs.

For further information about individual modules see Teesside University’s website:

How will I be assessed

You are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals and teaching portfolios, and by observations of your teaching practice.

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What next

This qualification has been endorsed by Standards Verification UK as meeting the national requirements for practitioners carrying out the full teaching role.

On completion of the full certificate you will have met the national requirements for the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and will be in a position to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). This course does not confer QTLS and you have to meet further criteria in order to apply for professional formation.

Appropriate careers are practising in the full teaching role in Learning and Skills Sector educational contexts.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University. The finance department can be reached on 01642 342172.

All fees are per year.

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course. Study now, pay when you are earning. See
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What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

You can enrol onto this course, come to the college and our staff will be able to help you.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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