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In Short

This course is an ‘in service’ qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers or trainers in England. To study towards the qualification, you need to have access to 100 hours of teaching. You will be able to take an analytical and practical approach to all aspects of planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning, while also embedding theories and principles in education and training, and demonstrate them in practice. You will also carry out research into professionalism in education and training policies, and consider their impact on your role and accountability as a teacher or trainer. Candidates will be expected to have a L3 qualification or significant experience in the subject they intend to teach



Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Course Content

You will provide evidence that you have met the qualification criteria in a number of ways including:

  • Assignments – evidence the knowledge based assessment criteria
  • Practice – through a minimum of 100 hours of teaching or training and a minimum of eight hours teaching or training observations (if you have achieved the Certificate in Education and Training Level 4, you can transfer 20 hours of practice and two hours of observed and assessed practice towards this qualification).

Observations are linked to the following mandatory units:

  • Teaching learning and assessment (L4)
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment (L5)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is completed through assignment work, lesson observation and recorded teaching hours covering four mandatory units and the remaining 45 credits from optional units.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (L4, 20 credits)
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training (L5, 20 credits)
  • Theories, principles and models in education and training (L5, 20 credits)
  • Wider professional practice and development in education and training (L5, 15 credits)

Optional units could include:

  • Inclusive practice
  • Action research
  • Teaching in a specialist area

You will build a portfolio of evidence which:

  • enables each unit to be assessed independently
  • shows that you have taken part in a minimum of 30 hours of practice, three house of observed and assessed practice which meets the required standard of practice.


All fees quoted are for British/ EEA Citizens with settled status who have been resident in an EEA country for the last 3 years or have exceptional circumstances or exceptional leave to remain. If you are in any doubt as to your status please ask for advice on enrolment. Students on this course will be eligible to apply for a part-time student tuition fee loan from student finance England to cover the cost of their course fees see for further details.

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