Course overview

NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Teaching (Further Education and Skills) City of Bristol College

This course is designed to provide trainee teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach in a range of contexts. It has been developed for those intending to work in the Post 16 further education and training sector, with a focus on the study of teaching in further education.

This qualification mirrors the outcomes within the Learning and Skills Teacher Occupational Standard. (ST0149).

There is a significant practice requirement as this qualification will assess, and provide evidence of, competence when undertaking teaching and/or training responsibilities.

The full cost of this course is £2900 but this will be spread out over two years at £1450 each year.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification Individuals who are currently teaching and training (including those who have just begun teaching and training) who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification Individuals who are currently working as assessors and who wish to achieve a teaching qualification.

What you'll learn

This qualification aims to:

• Focus on the study of teaching in further education
•Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
• Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills

To achieve this qualification, learners need to achieve 120 credits, 90 from the 5 mandatory units and at least 30 from the 7 optional units.

Mandatory Units
Unit 01 Teaching my subject (M/651/0308)
Unit 02 Understand learners in the further education sector (R/651/0309)
Unit 03 The role of teachers and teaching (A/651/0310)
Unit 04 Professional practice portfolio (D/651/0311)
Unit 05 Effective digital and online pedagogies (F/651/0312)

Course entry requirements

Learners should have achieved Level 2 in Mathematics and English prior to undertaking this qualification.

A level of competence in digital skills is also required. Learners are not required to have achieved a Level 3 Award in Teaching or a Level 4 Certificate in Teaching before undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching.

However, some learners may already have completed one or both of these qualifications.

This is a level 5 qualification and therefore learners need to demonstrate an ability to study at level 5.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Teaching takes place one evening a week over two years.

The assessment consists of an internally and externally assessed portfolio of evidence which is assessed in line with the Education and Training Foundation’s framework for teaching in further education.

The portfolio will include a minimum of 10 observations of practice. The minimum required placement hours are 250 hours, including at least 150 hours of teaching practice, 100 of which must be in the learner’s specialist area and 20 hours of remote delivery.

Future career and study opportunities

On completion, learners could consider applying for positions as tutors within:

• Further education colleges
• Adult and community education providers
• Offender education
• Work-based learning providers
• The third/voluntary sector
• Independent training organisations

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, you may likely need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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