Education and Training - Diploma

Full Time (1 year), Part Time (2 years)
September 2016
£6,000 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

As a student on our Diploma in Education and Training, you may already be working as a teacher in the post-16 lifelong learning sector, and will be keen to polish your skills and work towards getting a full teaching qualification. However, you can complete the course througha teaching placement. We can help you find a placement either at Gloucestershire College or other local providers.

Our training will prove valuable if you have a passion for your vocational area and a wealth of experience that you want to pass on to the next generation.

Achieving a diploma could boost your earning power. It will also give you 120 CATS (Credit Accumulations and Transfer Scheme) points towards a degree.

This course is delivered at Gloucestershire College.

What's covered in the course?

You will study at either the Cheltenham (full-time) or Gloucester (part-time) campus of Gloucestershire College whilst teaching on an employed or placement basis.

The course features five modules, which include an Introduction to Education and Training, before moving on to explore different facets of teaching and learning.

You will learn about different educational theories and discuss how these apply in today’s classroom.

Why Choose Us?

  • We have an excellent track record for student achievement.
  • We offer a flexible, learner-centred approach.
  • Our experienced tutors have varied teaching biographies.
  • We offer you the chance to study on a modern campus with substantial library resources.
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This course is not open to International students
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Entry Requirements

UK students

A level 3 qualification (preferably in the subject you wish to teach)

Maths GCSE Grade C or above

English GCSE Grade C or above

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Diploma Sep 2016 FT 1 year £6,000
PT 2 years £3,000 per year

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

How to apply

Please make your application direct to Gloucestershire College.

Apply to Course Administrator Barry Evans at or 01242 532 106 for an application form or further information.

You can also use the application form on the Gloucestershire College website.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course structure

Assessment methods are varied, eg assignments for you to produce a video or podcast, a portfolio of teaching practice. You’ll also be expected to do independent reading and research.

What is covered in the course:

  • Introduction to Education and Training
  • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Professional Development in Teaching Practice
  • Practice Based Inquiry
  • Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources

Course breakdown

Year one

The qualification provides 120 CATS points which can be accredited towards a degree.

Introduction to Education and Training
20 credits

This module introduces you to the sector and the policies that inform it.

Professional Development in Teaching Practice
20 credits

This is a key module of the course because it relates to your teaching practice.

Year two

Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
30 credits

This is the module in which you will explore all the theory that underpins your practice.

Practice Based Inquiry
30 credits

This module enables you to demonstrate your skills for the creation of a teaching and learning artefact.

Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources
30 credits

Inclusive learning underpins every teacher’s practice.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

Students may progress to a top-up degree programme or apply for QTLS.

Employment Opportunities

Many of the students who study for our Diploma stay in their current jobs. This is because the course is intended to support them in that role. However, the course could support you towards promotion.

Students who begin the course on an unpaid placement basis often have paid teaching work before the end.

Students who are working on hourly or limited contracts progress onto permanent contracts.

Getting the Diploma will boost your job opportunities within the post-compulsory teaching sector and give you the chance to get qualified teacher and lecturer status (QTLS). This would fully qualify you to teach in the post-16 arena.


All candidates will be in a full teaching role, the course offers the opportunity to link theory and practice and to network with mentors and experienced colleagues.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+


The course is run by Gloucestershire College at its Gloucester Campus (part-time) and Cheltenham campus (full-time). The college has everything you would expect from a modern, well-equipped college campus - and much more besides. Here you will find excellent facilities for work, study and relaxation, laid out over a pleasant site with car parking and good links to buses and trains.

The Campus offers the highest quality teaching and support within a relaxed, student-focused atmosphere and a wide range of full and part-time courses. As well as further education courses we also offer a wide range of university accredited degrees, HNCs and HNDs.





Head of School, Professional Studies

Karlee Jarvis

Course Leader and Tutor

Angela Hughes

Course Tutors

Rebecca Slawinski

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295