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University Higher Diploma in Teaching Further Education and Skills course preparation

We’re looking forward to welcoming you onto your University Higher Diploma in Teaching Further Education and Skills programme. Teachers and trainers working within the Further Education and Training sector usually deliver learning sessions to individuals from the age of 16 upwards, although many colleges now also cater for learners from the age of 14.

Learners in this sector may already have a broad existing knowledge base. So Post-14 trainees can find themselves in a class full of lively debate and discussion. This can enable you to create a learning environment where learners are able to discuss their views and opinions openly and freely in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. This can be a stimulating experience for both learner and teacher and you will find from such dialogue that mutual learning occurs.

It is important to note that this full-time programme requires a full-time commitment. You’ll attend university two days a week from 9am to 4pm. And would normally attend your Professional Practice placement on the other three days of the week. The exact timetable will be determined by your placement setting. And your Professional Practice is considered to be the equivalent to a job so should be viewed as such.

To help you get started on your journey please read the information below and complete any of the tasks required.

Pre-course events

These events give you the opportunity to meet your tutors and other applicants, learn about placements, and find out more details about the course.

The pre-course day is not compulsory but we recommend you attend if you can, and you have two dates to choose from, both taking place at our Ormskirk campus:

Student Allocation Profile Survey

The survey helps the Partnership Development Team (PDT) find an appropriate professional practice placement (PPP) for you. This is done by taking as many relevant details of your personal situation into account as possible.

If you’ve got strong links to a school where you’d like to undertake a PPP please let us know. You can do this by completing our Professional Practice Allocation Form (PPAF). We’re always happy to consider colleges and have a set process in place to do so.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies. In the meantime, you might like to begin some academic reading before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online to read over the summer, here are some suggested texts below:

  • ‘How to be a Brilliant FE teacher’. A practical guide to being effective and innovative by Vicky Duckworth (2013)
  • ‘Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training’ Ann Gravells
  • ‘Teaching English and Maths in FE: What works for vocational learners’. by David Allan (2017)

It might also be useful to familiarise yourself with the Occupational Standards.

Meet your programme lead