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Pre-Teaching Award (Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

This one-year course, often taken during the second year in college, will give you an understanding of the personal and academic requirements for a career in teaching, and the practicalities of classroom life.

You will study several topics, including Educational Psychology (how children learn), Intellectual and Language Development, and Personal/Classroom Skills.  You will also carry out a practical placement in a local primary or secondary school.

By the end of the course you should understand the main theoretical, practical and academic aspects of teaching and be in a position to apply for teacher training through the UCAS system.

Entry requirements

You must have at least a GCSE grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science, and some IT competence, in order to apply for a teacher training course.  Additional Science may be necessary for some primary BEd courses and you may find that some universities require a grade B in English Language.

You will normally be studying a minimum of three ‘A’ Levels, with one or more in National Curriculum subjects.  You can study the Pre-Teaching Award alongside these ‘A’ Levels, usually in the second year of your ‘A’ level programme.  It may be possible to study the Pre-Teaching course alongside AS levels if a retake of one GCSE is required;  discuss this option with the course leader.


Assessment is through a series of assignments – some written, some oral which along with your practical work build into an end of year coursework folder.

Future opportunities

Through theoretical understanding and practical placement , you should be able to progress to Higher Education and apply either for a degree of your choice, based on a National Curriculum subject, and then to a PGCE  (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), or directly to a Bachelor of Education (BEd) course, with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The most usual route for primary school teaching is the BEd, while secondary school teachers usually have a degree followed by a PGCE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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