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Pre-Teaching Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This introductory teacher training course enables you to explore teaching as a potential pathway, giving valuable insight into a challenging and rewarding career. You will complete a practical school placement as well as attending supporting theory lessons in college. This course can fit alongside A-levels or a vocational programme and is for those wanting to pursue a career in teaching at primary, secondary or FE level.

Course content

The taught side of the course covers a variety of topics including

  • How schools are organised, funded, inspected and managed
  • How children learn
  • Issues of equality in education
  • Inclusion of children with special educational needs
  • Lesson planning and behaviour management.

The placement (forty hours over twenty weeks) may be in a primary, secondary or special school, according to preference; it is possible to negotiate your own placement with a school you already have contact with. You will need to be reliable and conscientious in attending your placement and be able to show initiative; a positive placement supervisor’s report is crucial to gaining the certificate. You will also be given advice on applying for, and being interviewed for, further teacher training courses.

You will spend:

: Weeks 1-5: In the classroom for three hours per week.

: Weeks 6-27: On placement for one and a half hours and in the classroom for two hours.

: Weeks 28-30: In the classroom for three hours


  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence

Future opportunities

With the experience gained and skills acquired your employability to become a teaching assistant within a School or College will be greatly enhanced. This course is an excellent foundation for those intending to take a degree in Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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