Descriptions of qualifications
In September 2007 new qualification requirements for teaching and supporting learning in the lifelong learning sector were launched and a new 'Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills' (QTLS) status was introduced.
All new teachers or teachers who do not currently hold a teaching qualification, need to complete an introductory programme to give them a threshold licence to teach. If the programme is accredited, it leads to a Level 3 or 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). For most people this will form the first part of a larger teacher training programme.
Most teachers will need to achieve further qualifications appropriate for the
job role that they intend to carry out.
Teachers in a 'full' teaching role, need to hold or be working towards a recognised teaching qualification e.g. the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Professional Graduate / Certificate in Education (PGCE or Cert Ed) or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Teachers of literacy, numeracy and ESOL will also need a subject-specific qualification.
Introduction to teaching programmes
As of September 2007 all initial teacher training courses include an introductory programme at the beginning which equips new teachers with the minimum skills and knowledge needed and a Licence to Practise in the lifelong learning sector. This introductory programme may be a separate award, or may be integrated into the larger teacher training programme. If awarded separately, it leads to the
1. Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) at Level 3 or 4 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
All teachers will need to achieve further qualifications appropriate to the job role that they intend to carry out.
These programmes include the PTTLS and provide a first step towards qualifying
to teach ESOL:
This integrated ESOL and generic pre-service initial teacher training for new teachers includes 6 hours of practical teaching. It may be possible to find ESOL teaching work on gaining this qualification, and it is recognised worldwide as an initial ESOL teaching qualification. To be fully qualified as an ESOL teacher for the UK lifelong learning sector you will need to go on to complete further training, (see Full teacher qualification programmes - generic and Skills for Life below).
Awarding bodies: City & Guilds, OCNW, universities
Subject: Literacy, numeracy, ESOL
These programmes provide the subject -specific qualification needed for teachers of literacy, numeracy or ESOL. Taken together with a generic full teaching qualification they lead to full qualification for teaching these subjects. This may be a pathway to qualification for people who are unable to find a suitable integrated programme or for teachers who already have a recognised teaching qualification but who have not yet gained a qualification in their subject. They could also be useful for qualified teachers of other subjects who are interested in teaching literacy, numeracy or ESOL.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
These courses are for teachers who have already achieved their initial teaching qualifications and are interested in training to further develop their career.
Examples of qualifications
Programmes leading to full teacher qualification
These programmes lead to full qualification for teachers in the lifelong learning sector who have a full teaching role. On achievement of the qualification, teachers can use it to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
Teachers of literacy, numeracy or ESOL may take a integrated subject-specific teacher qualification (see 4 - 7 below), or will need to take an additional subject-specific qualification (see Subject - specific qualifications) to meet the full requirement.
Full teacher qualification programmes - generic
These programmes cover the PTTLS requirements as part of the course.
1 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
Full teacher qualification programmes - Skills for Life
These are integrated generic and subject-specific programmes which lead to full qualification for literacy, numeracy or ESOL teachers.
4. Diploma for Teaching English (Literacy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector
A new framework and new qualifications for learning support are being developed.
In the interim some of the pre-2007 awards are still available for subject support.
4 Award in Literacy, Language, Numeracy and ICT Awareness
Find out more about the subject support role on the LLUK website.
Subject knowledge & skills
These offer a chance to brush up and develop your personal language, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in preparation for going onto a teacher training programme. For people interested in going on to train as teachers of literacy, numeracy or ESOL, courses are likely to be at Level 3.
Examples of qualifications