Our courses are designed to help you improve your knowledge of working in education

If you are considering a career in teaching post-16 learners or if you are currently working as a verifier or assessor, our courses are designed to help you improve your knowledge of working in education. We have course options including the PGCE/Cert Ed, the DET, the AET (formerly known as PTLLS, which is ideal if you are looking to work in this area) and TAQA qualifications. Our Social Studies area offer courses in Psychology & Crime, Child & Family Studies and Educational Practice where you can gain the experience to enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding.

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Part-time courses

For more details about our Part-time courses please use the links below:

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2 (find out more)

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)

Level 4 Apprenticeship

Assessor / Coach Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 (find out more)

Level 5 Apprenticeship

Learning and Skills Teacher Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 (find out more)

Level 5

Education and Training Level 5 Diploma (Formerly DTLLS) (1 Year Fast-Track) (find out more)

FdA
  • Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)
  • Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College
BA (Hons)

Child & Adolescent Studies BA (Hons) (top-up) (offered at Bedford College only)

Cert Ed/PGCE

Teaching in Post-Compulsory Education (Cert Ed/PGCE) Certificate Intensive (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2
You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-4,including English and maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent. You should also have an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people and be willing to undergo a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-5, including English and maths, or equivalent. You must be willing to undergo a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Level 4 Apprenticeship

Assessor / Coach Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
You must be in a teaching job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the standards. The requirements are:
• 50 hours of ETS teaching per academic year (100 hrs total)
• Minimum of Level 3 subject specific qualification
• Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification (or equivalent) or a willingness to undertake it
• A Mentor who will support you and complete formative observations of your practice

Level 5 Apprenticeship

Learning and Skills Teacher Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
You must be in a teaching job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the standards. The requirements are:
• 50 hours of ETS teaching per academic year (100 hrs total)
• Minimum of Level 3 subject specific qualification
• Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification (or equivalent) or a willingness to undertake it
• A Mentor who will support you and complete formative observations of your practice

Level 5
    • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in your subject area
    • Completed 100 hours of teaching
    • A commitment to work towards completing maths and English at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C) by the end of the course

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
If you do not already have the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (or equivalent) you will need to undertake this qualification prior to the start of the course. We offer an intensive course to meet this requirement

FdA

Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5

  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to children and/or families (minimum two days per week/14 hours per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5

  • 32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent).
  • English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable.
  • We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to psychology and crime (minimum one day per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.

BA (Hons)

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA degree.

The BA (Hons) Child & Adolescent Studies is a level 6 top-up award intended principally for students who have been awarded an FdA in Child & Family Studies or any student eligible to transfer into Level 6 from a Child & Adolescent Studies related degree (i.e., who has successfully studied Levels 4 and 5 in a Child & Adolescent Studies related degree).

Or

Evidence of two years of successful related study at degree levels 4 and 5 and potential to progress to Level 6. Entry to the course will be through negotiation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge and skills.

Cert Ed/PGCE

The programme is suitable for people wanting to teach in:

    • Sixth Form and Further Education
      Higher Education
    • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
    • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services

This course is suitable for those with a degree qualification, or those with a Level 3 qualification within a specific subject. If you do not have at least a Level 2 English and maths (GCSEs grades A*-C) qualifications you will be required to achieve these within the year. You must be willing to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Some appropriate teaching-related experience and a successful interview will be required.

If you do not already have the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (or equivalent) you will be required to undertake this qualification prior to the start of the course. We offer an intensive course to meet this requirement.

What will I be doing?

Course Overview

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2
If you are already working in a school and want to gain an industry recognised qualification to demonstrate your skills and develop your career, then this apprenticeship is for you. You will study a range of units which will help you in your role as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant, including safeguarding, supporting positive behaviour and providing displays in schools. On successful completion, there are a range of further qualifications that you will be able to study for in order to continue to improve your career prospects.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Teaching Assistant Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This Advanced apprenticeship is designed to increase your skills and knowledge in your role of supporting pupils’ learning, whether you’re a teaching assistant, a learning support assistant or a special needs assistant. It is particularly suitable if you have significant experience as supporting teachers in schools and are looking to go into something more specialised, perhaps in administration, learning support or management. The course will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course.

Level 4 Apprenticeship Overview

Assessor / Coach Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
ou must be in a job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the standards. The requirements are:
• A qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in a vocational/subject specialism.
• Level 3 qualification in Assessing. Depending on the specific education and training context, employers (and/or Awarding Organisations) may require candidates without an Assessor qualification, to achieve this prior to completion of their apprenticeship.
• Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification (or equivalent) and ICT Skills at Level 2 (or a willingness to undertake it)

Level 5 Apprenticeship Overview

Learning and Skills Teacher Higher Apprenticeship Level 5
This is a 24 month apprenticeship for new teachers who work in the Education and Training Sector (ETS). Learning and Skills Teachers teach young people (16-18s) and adults (19+) within all parts of the ETS, including work-based/independent training provision; further, adult and higher education; offender learning and the voluntary sector. The qualification will allow someone to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in ETS. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

Level 5 Overview

The Level 5 Diploma in Education (DET) is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Post Compulsory Education (PCE) sector. Candidates will have career aspirations to teach in Further Education (F.E), Higher Education (H.E) or Adult and Community Learning (A.C.L). The qualification leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the PCE Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 yrs of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF – Formerly the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is for those wishing to teach in schools.

As a Level 5 teaching qualification the course content is exactly the same as a CertEd/PGCE in Lifelong Learning and carries the same value and credit with regulators, employers and the education and training sectors. Once you have completed the DET this will enable you to gain QTLS – Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the ETF, the professional body for the PCE sector.

FdA Overview

Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5
This foundation degree provides vocational and practical perspectives on the application of both general and criminal psychology to the understanding of human behaviour, offending and society’s response to offenders. The overall aim is to foster the development of a knowledge base and a range of skills to enhance your future career aspirations and opportunities.

Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5
Run in association with the University of Bedfordshire, this degree-level course gives you a comprehensive understanding of child and family issues, drawing on knowledge and theory from the fields of psychology, childhood development, working with families and professional skills and practice. The course allows you to remain in your child and families employment whilst you continue to study allowing you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course.

BA (Hons) Overview

The course will prepare you for the world of work by providing you with both an academic and vocational relevant curriculum which focuses on the needs of children, young people and families. It will allow students to demonstrate their ability to undertake an extended and detailed area of research in the field of child and adolescent studies. You are able to build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree.

  • Learn from staff with professional practice and research experience
  • Study areas informed by research at the forefront of social work and development, including trafficking studies, youth offending vulnerable social groups
  • Gain practical skills preparing you for a career working with children, young people and their families
  • Explore the complexities of children and young people’s services
  • Challenge discrimination, oppression and inequality in services
Cert Ed/PGCE Overview

The PGCE/CertEd is a qualification for those who want to teach in Post Compulsory Education (PCE). The PGCE/CertEd is a University of Bedfordshire (UoB) Award. Both pathways lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in PCE. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 16 years of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which those wishing to teach in schools work towards.

This is a one year full-time course that is ideal for people who would like to teach within a Further Education (F.E) College. It is a full-time course, which enables learners to both gain work experience and the qualification required to teach in F.E. The course provides core professional training in teaching for staff who would like to work in the area of Lifelong Learning, addressing the 2014 (ETF) National Standards for Teaching and Learning with PCE. It comprises a single programme that can be taken at two levels, either the Certificate in Education (CertEd) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This course is equivalent to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) (Formerly DTLLS).

This is a ‘pre’-service course and teaching placements are arranged at Bedford College.

Learners will be able to become qualified Post-Compulsory teachers within a year. Placements will be arranged within Bedford College to meet the 100hrs course requirement. The course provides a significant amount of vocational experience throughout the course which ensures that learners are well prepared to apply for teaching jobs once completed.

The course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills).  QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

Course Structure & Expectations

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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