University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Education (Lifelong Learning)

This programme is for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector (further education and sixth form). It is not a school teaching qualification but there are now employment opportunities in some schools for post-16 teachers, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects. The aim of the programme is to prepare students to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching within post-16 education and undertake a full teaching role. All course work is related to the actual teaching practice situation, and this balance between theory and application underpins the programme. It is taught in 13 partner colleges across the north west and covers all the requirements of a Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS) qualification. You will need to spend up to 20 hours per week on course related activities during the part time programme: class contact, logged teaching, preparation for teaching, private reading, preparation for formative and summative assessment activities. For the full-time programme this will be 40 hours per week.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree or equivalent; plus 5 GCSEs at C and above or equivalent as a minimum qualification, to include English; plus the ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English; plus a level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism, if other than their degree; part time: a teaching or training contract for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching over the course of the programme; under exceptional circumstances a voluntary teaching placement maybe acceptable for part time applicants; trainees on the full-time programme undertake an appropriate teaching placement in consultation with the initial teacher education provider.

Course modules

Modules include: An initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and information communication technology skills and commencement of the professional development portfolio; completion of the threshold award: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector; curriculum design and alignment; developing professional practice in teaching and learning including 75 hours of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and 4 hours of observed practice; action research; contemporary issues in the lifelong learning sector; teaching inclusively and reflecting on practice including 75 hours of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and 4 hours of observed practice.

Assessment methods

There are 3 components of assessment. Written assignments: you will complete a variety of assignments including academic essays, case studies, presentations and observations of other teachers; a portfolio of 75 documented hours per year of teaching in your subject area, or 150 hours for the full time programme; plus 4 1-hour teaching observations per year, or 8 for the full-time programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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