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Teaching Qualifications

From 2017, The Education and Training Foundation standards have changed.

New entrants into the Further Education Sector will have to undertake the appropriate stage of the new teaching qualifications according to the criteria listed below.

Previously known as

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Teaching Criteria

Level 3/4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

All new teachers or prospective teachers

Level 4 Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

(CTLLS)

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

For those who deliver some teaching or training

Level 5 Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

(DTLLS) / Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PCE – Post Compulsory Education).

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

Only teachers who teach a range of groups and levels in a full time or substantial teaching capacity

 

All staff on a variable hours Lecturer contract must obtain or be working towards the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Staff on a full time teaching contract must undertake the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training qualification within one year of employment.

Qualifications for Existing Teachers

  1. Those teaching in FE prior to September 2001 remain exempt from the statutory requirement to gain a teaching qualification.

  2. Those teachers already regarded as holding an appropriate teaching qualification under the 2001 regulations will continue to be regarded as qualified.

  3. Those teachers who entered FE after September 2001 and have since gained a teaching qualification under the 2001 regulations continue to be regarded as qualified.