Qualifications to teach in the Further Education (FE) sector are subject to continual change, depending on local and government initiatives and policies, legislation and reviews of qualifications. Nowadays, shorter, more practical or vocational qualifications can go in place of long, university level teaching qualifications. There are lots of different ways to prove that someone has the knowledge and skills to teach without providing dissertations and large amounts of research; not to mention time off work to study and parting with thousands of pounds. If you've never taught before, the Level 3 Award in Education and Training is the perfect place to start. For those already teaching and able to evidence at least 30 hours of practice throughout the course, the Level 4 Certificate may be the more suitable option.
If you're looking for something more advanced, the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is an in-service teaching qualification, ideal if you are already working or volunteering as a teacher or trainer. However, please note that the Level 5 qualification is undergoing a huge change in September 2024 (generally, not just at The Education Management Group!). If you're considering studying for Level 5 now, our advice is to wait for the updated qualifcation as the current qualification will no longer exist after the end of 2024 and will be replaced with something new.
If you think you'll also want to assess either now or in the future, consider combining your teaching and assessing qualifications to save time and money.
Your Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 teaching qualifications are recognised and valued in many sectors such as:
Voluntary and community sector organisations
Adult and community learning providers
Work based learning settings
Other public sector organisations
Armed and uniformed services
Prisons and offender learning institutes