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Become a qualified teacher in post-16 and further education on this professional body endorsed course. It maps to the national framework for post-16 / further education teaching qualifications and leads to QTLS status. You complete six modules and a minimum of 120 hours of teaching, either in your place of work or in a placement that we arrange for you.

• Suitable for people without an undergraduate degree, such as career changers working in professional or vocational areas
• Enables you to apply for QTLS status, which is equivalent to QTS and suitable for work in schools and colleges.
• Complete at least 120 hours of teaching over one or two years, either in your workplace or on placement.
• Ft the course around your commitments on this part-time route.


Part-time – typically two years

Starts September

From 2015-16 this course may be taught off-campus at a partner college.

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

Course description

You can achieve an initial teaching qualification while gaining the qualification needed to teach ESOL, literacy or numeracy.

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET).

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in post-16 and further education, the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body (currently the Institute for Learning, IfL) and the sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-16 and further education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you
• develop as a teacher
• develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
• engage with the latest developments in the post-16 and further education context

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the Teachers Standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Areas of post-16 and further education and training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 5 qualification (equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training) and can use these credits towards a degree course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the post-16 and further education sector, who provide us with a wide range of placement opportunities.

Related course
If you have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification the following course is available
• PGCE Post-16 Education and Training

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.


• assessment of practical teaching • presentations • planning and evaluation exercises • preparation of teaching materials • written assignments

Entry requirements

Typically you need
• level 3 professional qualifications for your professional/teaching subject or vocational area
• at least three years experience in a vocational / professional field (where relevant)
• experience of a post-16 / further education teaching environment, sufficient to demonstrate awareness of your subject or specialist context
• level two (GCSE grade C or above) or equivalent in English and mathematics*. If you are already employed as a teacher or tutor these can be completed alongside the first year of the Cert Ed qualification.
• in-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will be teaching a minimum of 60 hours in each of the two years of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them during the course
• the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 7.0. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS, you may be able to enter with prior credit. This will be at the discretion of the course leader within University guidelines.

We normally interview all applicants who meet our entry criteria.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from

Course content


• introduction to learning, teaching and assessment • the learner experience • professional practice 1 and 2 • exploring your specialist context • extending teaching for learning


Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.

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How to apply

To study the course full-time apply to GTTR online at or call 0871 468 0469.

To study the course part time complete the application form available at

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