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 An award of the University of Huddersfield.

  • This course information guide relates to the part-time format of the programme. If you wish to study part-time apply directly to York College.
  • The course is also taught full time. If you wish to study this course full-time, apply via the Department of Education (DfE). The course code is  X34X.


This course is ideal if you are wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes sixth form, further, higher and adult education such as hospitals and the prison service, as well as community and youth services, uniformed services such as the military, private training providers and large organisations with their own training departments.

Our Approach

During the course you will undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critical examination of creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Both full and part-time students will learn all the fundamental skills of teaching, facilitation of learning and curriculum development. You will be able to take part in tutorials, gain masses of real teaching experience, hear from visiting speakers and attend conferences.

Full-time applicants - we aim to get all full-time students into a York College placement, depending on subject and availability. You will need to complete 100 hours’ teaching experience to complete the qualification.

Part-time applicants – ideally prior to applying to the course - you should ensure you have a suitable placement (50 hours per year). You may already be teaching or have a placement arranged, but we give some assistance towards finding a suitable placement where possible.

Course Themes

  • Research informed teaching, learning and assessment
  • Becoming and being a teacher in your specialist subject
  • Personal and professional development
  • Reflective Practice
  • Cognitive theory
  • Behavioural management
  • Lesson planning and delivery
  • Observations
  • Curriculum development
  • Policy and professional issues

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021.

Did you know?

You will attend a specialist conference at the University of Huddersfield where you will meet with teachers in the same specialist subject from a variety of different institutions to share best practice and experiences.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Organisational skills
  • Time management
  • Classroom management
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing
  • Understanding behaviours
  • Flexibility of delivery
  • Interpersonal skills

Career Progression

  • Further Education Teacher
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Prison Instructor
  • Training Instructor
  • Education Officer
  • Private Tutor
  • Learning Mentor
  • Education Administrator
  • Training and Development Officer

How to Apply

  • This information relates to the part-time format of the programme. If you wish to study part-time fill in a York College Application form to apply
  • The course is also taught full time. If you wish to study this course full-time, follow this link to apply via UCAS. The course code is  X34X.

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