Teacher Education & Social Studies

If you are considering a career in teaching post-16 learners or if you are currently working as a verifier or assessor, our training courses are designed to help you improve your knowledge of working in education. We have teaching and training course options that are suitable for individuals already working in the post-compulsory sector or as a trainer in the workplace, and our PTLLS course is ideal if you are looking to work in this area. We also offer TAQA qualifications. Our Social Studies area offer courses in Psychology & Crime, Child & Family Studies and Educational Practice where you can gain the experience to enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Teacher Education Information Event

Tuesday 21 January 2020 (5.00pm-7.00pm)

Interested in becoming a teacher? You need to attend our information Information Evening. 

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Why choose us?

Strong local links
We are a partner college of the University of Bedfordshire and have strong links with both schools and the Bedfordshire Local Education Authority, ensuring that every opportunity for progression is open to you.

Consistent improvement
The success rates of our Teaching & Training students are well above benchmark at 92%, and have improved year on year for the last three years: 87%, 91% and 92% respectively. This demonstrates that studying at Bedford College will give you excellent opportunities to become an effective practitioner in your educational area.

Highly qualified tutors
The qualification levels of all the staff in the department far exceed the programme requirements and staff have Training & Development awards, as well as a wealth of classroom and training experience.

Our students are 100% satisfied with their training
In a recent survey of our students, 100% stated that lessons were well-planned, objectives were clear and lessons were challenging. Our staff are committed to promoting best practice in education, and they will actively encourage you to work with other students and staff to improve your knowledge.

Everything you need to know...

The National Careers Service website has useful information about becoming a Further Education teacher.

The FE Advice website also has helpful information about becoming a teacher, incentives for training, qualifications, the variety of the sector and most of what you need to know as a new entrant or an existing worker.

View information about applying for a student loan or grant

Train to be a Teacher

Our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (CertEd/PGCE) is designed for those looking to teach vocational based subjects in a college environment OR academic based subjects such as GCSEs and A-Levels, in a Sixth Form environment.

The Cert Ed/PGCE is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Adult Learning Sector (16-19) and is a University of Bedfordshire accredited Award. Both pathways lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in Post-Compulsory Education. We have both part-time and full-time routes available.

Full-time (pre-service route – with placements)

Part-time (in-service route)
If you already have a teaching position/placement but need to obtain the qualification...

For more information
Contact Ashley Spiers on 01234 291432 or via email. 

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