Taught course

Lifelong Learning in-service (University of Huddersfield)

University of Huddersfield · Department of Initial Teacher Education

Entry requirements

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year). Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances (please check with your local centre). • UK first degree or equivalent related to your specialist area • Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas In addition you must also: • provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances • provide two satisfactory references • complete a satisfactory interview • identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism If you already hold a teaching qualification at level 4 or above or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning. The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, public services or construction, engineering and many other vocational areas. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups. If you study at the university centre, you'll normally be offered a place on the Postgraduate Certificate of Education or the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Advanced PGCE in Lifelong Learning). Alternatively, you may be considered for a place on the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education.

Months of entry


Course content

If you're already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-16 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course may be for you.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

On this course you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teacher educators; in fact we've been ranked top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. The University of Huddersfield is also one of only nine designated Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which means you'll be able to study at any one of our consortium centres. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network, which feeds directly into course design and delivery, and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (D612)
01484 478249