We offer a range of professional qualifications for people who work in education or who want to pursue a career in the sector.
We have a coveted track record in delivering teacher training qualifications in a college environment that is highly conducive to workplace preparation. We also have many years of success in providing qualifications for support staff in schools and a high proportion of our students have entered employment in primary schools in Bolton and other areas of Greater Manchester.
Teacher training courses
The Lifelong Learning sector covers post-schools teaching in Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, adult and community learning, offender learning and work-based learning. Since September 2007, all new entrants to teaching in the sector are required to complete a relevant qualification.
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
PTLLS is a short course Level 4 introductory award. It can be completed without any previous teaching experience. It is designed to help trainers and potential teachers with the basics of planning, delivering and assessing learning and is good preparation for those interested in teaching as a career.
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
DTLLS is the full award (formerly called the PGCE / Cert.Ed.) required by those who teach, or wish to teach, in post-school education in the UK. It can be completed as a two-year part-time or one-year full-time course. The course is partly work-based and requires the completion of at least 150 hours teaching over the period of the course.
A different qualification is required for people who want to teach in schools. This is a Higher Education (Level 5/6) University course run in partnership with the University of Bolton. There are several different ways you can complete your initial teacher training: straight after a degree, as a part-time course alongside work or as a full-time course. The option that is right for you will depend on your circumstances.
Assessor & Verifier Awards
We also offer the full set of awards that make up the new Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (which replaces the old A1 Assessor award), which is required by people carrying out occupational competency assessment.
Courses for teaching assistants in schools
Teaching, or Classroom Assistants now work in schools in a whole variety of ways with children of all ages and abilities. They support teachers in the crucial area of teaching and learning in the classroom. We have extensive experience in delivering qualifications for school support staff in Bolton and throughout Greater Manchester.
The short courses – Introduction to Working in Schools (ISWS) and Developing Skills for Working in Schools (DSWS) – are a great starting point for people interested in work in schools or who wish to progress to the Teaching Assistant qualifications. ISWS must be completed before enrolling on DSWS.
Teaching Assistant Certificate Level 2 / Level 3
The Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is a full Level 2 qualification, completed as a one-year part-time course. It is ideal for people wanting to qualify as a Teaching Assistant. You’ll need to have some work (paid or voluntary) in a school classroom to complete this qualification. It can also be completed as a Level 3 qualification if you have appropriate experience and qualifications and you are currently working as a Teaching Assistant.
Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants (Primary)
Foundation Degrees are high level qualifications, combining academic study with workplace learning, which equips people with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to carry out their role at a high level. This is a Higher Education (Level 4/5) University course run in partnership with the University of Bolton. The overall aim of this course is to focus on professional and academic issues in relation to supporting the education of children. The course is partly work-based so you will need to be working regularly as a Teaching Assistant (paid or voluntary) in a school. People completing this three year part-time course can apply to complete a ‘top-up’ to a full degree in Education.