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Learning and Skills Teacher Higher Apprenticeship – C7274

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Course Overview

The Learning and Skills Teaching Apprenticeship is a ‘dual-professional’ course. Most apprentices will already have achieved competence in a vocational or subject specialism and now wish to train as a teacher.

You will be expected to be in a Learning and Skills teaching role and will attend college one day per week. You will be teaching young people and adults within all parts of the education and training sector (also known as the post-compulsory sector), including work-based/independent training provision; further, adult and higher education; offender-learning; and the voluntary sector. Learning and Skills teachers are responsible for planning and delivering learning that is current, relevant, challenging, and that inspires learners to engage and achieve their full potential. You will be collaborating closely with colleagues and other education and training professionals in supporting learner progress. You will also be charged with ensuring the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of learners.
This Apprenticeship encompasses the City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Details of this and how you will be assessed can be found below.

Further details on the Standards involved in this apprenticeship can be found here:

What You'll Learn

Year 1

In Year 1, you will study three mandatory modules from the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training:

• Teaching, Learning and assessment in Education and Training
• Theories, principles and models in Education and Training
• Developing teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training.

You will also study one optional unit:

• Managing behaviours in a learning environment

There will also be teaching workshops, 1:1 tutorials and quarterly reviews.

Working as a teacher, you must be aware of safeguarding procedures. Subsequently, this Apprenticeship will require you to obtain at least a Level 2 qualification in Safeguarding. This shall be taught alongside the Diploma during Year 1 of the course.

Year 2

In Year 2, you shall study the final mandatory unit:

• Wider professional practice and development in Education and Training

There will be four optional units taught this year but these may be subject to change:

• Developing, using and organising resources in a specialist area.
• Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
• Action Research
• Evaluating Learning Programmes

Again, you will be supported through workshops, tutorials and quarterly reviews.
In the final term of Year 2, you will be working towards your End Point Assessment so that you are adequately prepared for it.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualification in your subject specialism or at least 5+ years of industrial experience

English at GCSE Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2
Maths at GCSE Grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2

If you don’t already have either/or Maths and English at this level, you can still enrol on the programme. But you will be expected to pass the subject at Functional Skills Level 2 within a year of enrolment.

Failure to pass either subject by the end of the course will result in you being unable to obtain either your Diploma certificate or pass the apprenticeship.

How you will be assessed

For the City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, you will be assessed using various methods including essays, reports and presentations. You will be expected to evidence Level 2 IT skills in some of your assessments. You will be expected to write essays at an academic level on this course so may wish to access support for your writing skills.

You will also be observed in your teaching at least 4 times in each year of the course. These observations will last for one hour and shall be graded in line with City and Guilds criteria.

For each year of the course, you will be expected to keep a portfolio of evidence that will include: lesson plans, reflections and observation records. A detailed checklist of what is required for this professional portfolio will be given to each apprentice at the beginning of the course.

At the end of the two-year Diploma, you will move onto the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The EPA process consists of TWO assessment Processes:

The first part is A Professional Discussion informed by:

a) A Thematic Case Study (at least 4500 words) (TCS)
b) An Online Presentation on your journey through using technology in your teaching. (OP)

There are NINE Thematic/Synoptic Assessment Areas. Each of them has been cross-referenced to the 21 Knowledge-related Skills criteria and the 7 Professional Behaviours.

The Independent Assessor will use the Thematic Case Study to prepare at least 15 questions for the Professional Discussion. All teachers should be prepared to discuss any aspect of their practice based around their TCS and OP.

The second part of the EPA will consist of Two separate teaching observations – 60 minutes each.

At least one of the observations will be in a formal setting. The second observation could be carried out in a different teaching environment. 20 minutes should be set aside after each observation to allow the apprentice to answer questions that will clarify any aspects of the lesson that the Independent Assessor.

The teaching observations will be assessed against 7/9 themes. Grading will be Fail, Pass or Distinction.

A Fail in ANY ONE of the 7 themes will result in an overall fail for the Teaching Observations and therefore the overall EPA.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Additional Costs

Students on this course might benefit from having a laptop or computer at home along with a printer that scans and photocopies.

You will have access to books and online resources through the Leicester College library but you may also wish to purchase books for the course. Some of these can be expensive although it is possible to buy them second-hand online.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Once you have completed the Learning and Skills Teaching Apprenticeship, you will be a fully qualified teacher in the education and training sector. You may wish to obtain QTLS status, the badge of professionalism for post-14 education and training (Year 10, Year 11 and above/adults). With QTLS, you will have parity with those professionals teaching in secondary schools with QTS.

Details of QTLS can be found here:

What Happens Next

You can express an interest in this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form. Your employer must approve your application and the apprenticeship training funding cost linked to your apprenticeship prior to commencement and approval.

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