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Further Education


Accredited Level 3 courses to help you upskill!

Improve your existing skills or gain new skills to help with a change of career. View what courses we currently have on offer below.

Further Education Courses
Courses Venue Start Date, Times and Duration Cost
Level 3 Award in Education and Training The Coleridge Centre January 2022 (12 weeks) £350
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies The Coleridge Centre September 2022 (24 weeks) Student Loan

Level 3 Award in Education and Training


12 week course

Do you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (adult and community learning)? The Level 3 Award in Education and Training, formerly PTLLS, is the first stage of the Certificate in Education. If you feel like university isn’t the right direction for you, or your career aspirations have changed and you want a quick start, this course is the perfect alternative route into the world of teaching⁠. The course will provide you with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip you with the necessary practical skills and knowledge needed to deliver training sessions.


Course fee

This course costs £350, including registration fee.


Contact us

Booking a place is essential. To book a place or for further information please contact a Learning & Skills Adviser on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]. Or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or you are a Trainer or Tutor who has no teaching qualifications.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ and be educated to English Level 2 or hold a GCSE in English grade A* - C. Previous teaching experience is not essential. All teachers in lifelong learning would be expected to possess both literacy and numeracy skills to Level 2. Candidates will be initially assessed by way of a short piece of academic writing.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will provide learners with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip them with the necessary practical skills and knowledge through a micro teach session.

What will the course cover?

  • The roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • The role of the assessor
  • Teaching methods and assessments
  • Learning styles
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Embedding functional skills into lesson plans
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Inclusive learning and Equality & Diversity
  • Completion of three assignments including a 30-minute micro teach delivery

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could apply to teach in the lifelong learning sector. You could advance to the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training or be exempt for the first part of a PGCE / Certificate in Education (the qualification has a credit value of 12 on the Qualification and Credit Framework and replaces the previous PTLLS qualification).

Where and when will I learn?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session. For classroom based sessions please bring paper and a pen (or a digital device to take notes) and please bring a face covering and a file to store your work. View the course timetable

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies


The QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Watch this One Awards video [external link] from people in the North East who have completed other Level 3 Access Diploma Courses.

This course is ideal for people looking for a career change or to apply to university in order to enter the world of Social Work. You may not currently hold the entry requirements or have the confidence to go to university at present or it might be a long time since you have studied. That's where the Access Diploma steps in. 

This course will help you to achieve both a qualification in preparation for Social Work studies at university and give you the confidence to move forward and achieve your goals. Enrolment for this course will begin in the spring of 2022 ready for a September 2022 start. This 24 week course will require an upfront payment or an Advanced Learner Loan. Course Fee Information


Contact us

Booking a place is essential. To book a place or for further information please contact a Learning & Skills Adviser on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]. Or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who are looking to move onto Higher Education or for those looking to up-skill and increase their knowledge in relation to work with children, young people and adults.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

For this course we recommend that you have completed the Working with Children and Young People Level 1 and the Working with Children, Young People and Families Level 2 courses, or that you hold similar qualifications. Previous work experience in this sector is beneficial but not essential. As this is a Level 3 course it is recommended that you have a standard of English and maths that is around GCSE grade 4 (old grade C) or higher, or Functional Skills Level 2 (or you are working towards these).

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is an exciting route to Higher Education and a new career. Learning & Skills delivers the Social Work Studies Pathway. Learners can apply for a place at a higher education institution using the usual UCAS application process. The qualification also enables progression to a range of Level 4 programmes including higher Apprenticeships.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then work on the Social Work Diploma where they will complete an additional four specialist units.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The predominant aim of this course is to prepare and enable students to apply to university, although former students have also found volunteering and employment opportunities in the adults and children & young people’s sector as a result of completing the course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will begin in September 2022. We know it's a little early, but we are gathering interest for this course and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. You must register your interest with us by July 31st 2022 at the latest. You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session. For classroom based sessions please bring paper and a pen (or a digital device to take notes) and please bring a face covering and a file to store your work. View the course timetable

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet. In exceptional circumstances we can offer this course offline via paper resource packs. This will be discussed during your enrolment.

How much will the course cost?

This course requires a student loan. Fees are approximately £3000. Further information will be provided when you enquire.