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What training and qualifications do you need?

Training and qualification

What training and qualifications do you need?

Whether you’re a plumber, health professional or chef, your professional experience and trade qualifications are highly valued by your students. Gaining teaching qualifications will help your FE career, but the type of training you’ll need varies, depending on what you hope to teach.

Training

You can train to teach in FE either before you start teaching – pre-service - or after - in - service.

Pre-service options: first decide which subject you want to teach, based on your professional experience and qualifications. You’ll usually need at least a level 3 qualification – about A-level standard. Training is based on one-year courses and you apply directly to your chosen training provider. Courses are usually held at the training provider at the start, but during the second and third terms you’ll spend most of your time at supervised teaching placements at an FE college or other suitable locations.

In-service options: over 50% of FE teachers start teaching before applying for a teaching qualification. Your first step is to get a teaching role and your employer will often arrange training as a condition of employment. It usually lasts two years and consists of an evening or half day per week.

If you’re arranging your training, visit the Talent website for details of your local training providers (http://www.talent.ac.uk/courses.asp) or contact FE Advice at the Education & Training Foundation (feadviceline@etfoundation.co.uk)

Qualifications

FE qualifications changed in September 2013, but previous qualifications are still recognised. The new qualifications are:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training including a specialist pathway (QCF)
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
  • Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Teaching basic English, Maths or ESOL

For more information visit:
http://www.feadvice.org.uk/
http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/node/24150