Comments for Postgraduate Careers Blog Latest News & Views From Careers & Employability Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:02:36 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Ever wondered who university careers advisers really are? by National Careers Week – Insight in to how Careers Services can help you | Careers Information @ the University of Salford Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:02:36 +0000 […] You will find that anyone working within careers services shares a passion for what we do, a strong desire to help people get on and realise their potential and a strong belief in promoting social inclusivity within education and work.  We also have in common, a keen commitment to our own on-going professional development so that we can stay abreast of key issues and provide you with impartial information, advice and guidance. Take a look at my colleague Fiona’s post on who university careers advisers really are. […]

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Comment on Interested in Teaching? Find out more about the PGCE by Tahira Majothi Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:17:31 +0000 Dear Maria,

I would suggest you contact the Open University in the first instance to enquire about their PGCE courses:

The Schools Direct training programme can help you to work towards QTS and is offered with either a bursary or salaried route. The salaried route requires you to have 3 years work experience:

You can also search for all PGCE providers through the centralised online application process via UCAS, however the application process itself will open from 21st November, which will give you time to research the best pathway for you:

Hope these links help and good luck.


Comment on Interested in Teaching? Find out more about the PGCE by Maria Duffy Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:32:14 +0000 To whom it may concern,
I wondered whether it was possible to study for a pgce teacher training at a local university or distance university in the north west on a part-time basis. I work full time in Manchester as a level 3 teaching assistant and have been employed in this role for 6 years. Whilst working full -time, i have completed a degree with the Open University, gaining a 3rd Class Honours degree- modules including, ( Working Together for Children and Childrens’ Literature). I am also interested in a Salaried route into teacher training where candidates are employed and trained in the school form which they are employed. The Headteacher where i work is very keen for me to train in his establishment and considers me as a highly competent teaching assistant and would also be keen for me to appoint as a teacher pending me gaining a QTS qualification.
Any information you could give me would be extremely appreciated.
Many thanks
Maria Duffy

Comment on Considered teaching in Further Education? by Tahira Majothi Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:39:50 +0000 Hi Charlotte,

Usually to teach traditionally academic subjects to an A Level or AS Level English Literature standard, at FE College level, you may be required to have a first degree and then progress on to the PGCE. This is because a degree will help to further your academic theoretical knowledge of the subject whilst a PGCE will focus on developing teaching skills and strategies as well as school/college placements.

However FE Colleges have more autonomy when it comes to recruitment so it may be a case of contacting local colleges in your area to enquire about teaching opportunities. Opportunities may vary depending on the subjects the FE College/s offers and what they are currently recruiting for. If you cannot find a teaching role, you may need to consider applying for the DTTLS and working as a teaching assistant or learning mentor, you will need to gain relevant work experience with the age range you wish to teach.

Work experience is crucial to see if this is the right role for you. Work experience will help you to get a better understanding of the curriculum and learning outcomes for the age range you wish to teach, to develop teaching methods and to work with mixed ability groups.

If you would like to teach English as a foreign language, the entry requirements by employers may differ yet again, some may require a degree or equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience as well as excellent written and oral communication skills:

I’d also suggest that you take a look at some of my earlier responses to questions on this post and the links I have provided to research FE Jobs and for details of local colleges.

Kind regards


Comment on Considered teaching in Further Education? by Charlotte Arnold Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:25:19 +0000 Hi,
I have just come across this blog and wonder if you could please help. I have recently applied to do the PTLLS at my local college. I would like to eventually teach English at post 16 level via the CTLLS/DTLLS route but the highest qualification I hold is a grade B in A’Level English Literature.
Do I need a degree or am I on the right track??

Many thanks

Comment on Considered teaching in Further Education? by Tahira Majothi Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:52:36 +0000 Hi Donna,

The Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is probably the most familiar qualification to those considering teaching. It is usually one-year full-time, or two years part-time, and is usually offered by universities and includes placements depending on whether you wish to teach at a primary, secondary or post-16 level.

As I have mentioned in response to the more recent comments posted below,there have been a lot of changes to the education sector, including the further education sector, and new a qualifications framework has been introduced this September for those considering a teaching career within the FE sector:

Some FE Colleges may still accept the following qualifications: Preparing to teaching in the lifelong learning sector (PTTLS), Certificate to teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTTLS) or Diploma to teach in the lifelong learning sector (DTTLS). The DTTLS qualification is the one seen as most closely aligned to the PGCE or CertEd and is seen as a full teaching qualification in the FE sector.

The PGCE may be a requirement set by certain Colleges if you wish to teach visual arts at an AS or A-Level standard, and the PGCE may also allow you to teach at a secondary or FE level which may open up more opportunities in terms of job search. However Colleges may have a little more autonomy when it comes to recruiting staff, compared to teaching posts at a primary or secondary level. This is usually down to the demand for the subject, your previous relevant work experience and academic qualifications. Some colleges may employ you with a view to you undertaking teaching qualifications further down the line.

I would suggest that you contact local colleges in your area, details of which may be listed on your local Council website and contact the Arts Department for some classroom shadowing experience. Also look out for job opportunities such as a learning mentor, classroom assistant or teaching assistant as these may help you get your foot in the door.

Here are some useful links for you to undertake further research: – search for colleges or 6th form collesges in the UK – FE Jobs database

Best wishes


Comment on Considered teaching in Further Education? by donna Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:07:52 +0000 hi i have just got a degree BA (Hons) visual arts and i would like to get into teaching in colleges what is the best and quickest way to go about it i have my level 2 english but not maths yet i have been told i can do my maths alongside a part time pgce , but i was wondering whats the difference between a pgce and ptlls, ctlls and dtlls i would love to gain my qualification while on the job i have looked into schools direct but they have nothing in a 50mile radius of me just not sure which route to take.

Kind Regards


Comment on Considered teaching in Further Education? by Annmarie Francis Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:13:27 +0000 Good afternoon Tahira

I hope you are well

Thank you so much for replying again and with yet more advice and information.

Your suggestion really resonated with me as it is definitely the type of work I want to do and feel my life and professional experiences could be used to help others.

Finding and talking to life coaches about their training and career paths is a great idea and will try and see if I can do that as soon possible.

As soon as I press send, I will be looking at the latest websites you have provided (excited now)!

Hopefully, you will be still be here in months to come, I would love to update you on how things go.

Many thanks again

Kindest regards