Education &
teaching qualifications

Education and teaching can be a very rewarding job role; if you’re interested in a change in your job, these courses are perfect to give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and get into education. Here at The Link Training Academy we promote a flexible view on learning and we can build the course around your outstanding commitments and make it as easy as possible for you to complete the qualification. If you would like to discuss any of these courses further please get in touch.

Entry Requirements

Employers set their own entry requirements. You may be able to get a job without a teaching qualification if your skills and experience are in demand. You’ll then be expected to study while in the job.

Most people study before they get a teaching job. Teaching qualifications range from an introductory Level 3 Award in Education and Training to the Level 5 Diploma. If you have a degree, you can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside the Diploma.

To get onto a course, you’ll usually need:

  • at least a level 3 qualification in your subject
  • a degree to teach an academic subject
  • GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths

Some colleges may let you take the equivalent level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy while doing the course. You may also take a level 2 qualification in ICT.

After the Level 5 diploma, you can gain the professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). This is recognised as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status(QTS) for teaching in schools as a qualified teacher.

You’ll need a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

FE Advice and Get into Teaching have more details of training, qualifications and funding.

Skills Required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to engage and motivate students of all ages and abilities
  • the ability to express yourself clearly in speech and writing
  • creativity to design activities and materials
  • organisational and planning skills

What you'll Do

You may teach in further education, sixth-form or community colleges, adult education centres, prisons or the armed forces. You may also work for training providers.

You could teach:

  • academic subjects, leading to qualifications like GCSEs, A levels and foundation degrees
  • vocational courses for those learning trades or on apprenticeships
  • vocational diplomas in colleges or schools
  • basic skills like literacy, numeracy or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • leisure and hobby courses, like photography

You may use a variety of teaching methods like seminars, tutorials and demonstrations.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • interviewing potential students and carrying out diagnostic tests
  • planning and preparing lessons and submitting plans to management
  • working with exam boards in setting and marking essays and exams
  • checking students’ progress and acting as a personal tutor
  • working with course teams to develop new courses and teaching materials
  • carrying out admin tasks like keeping records and ordering resources
  • taking part in meetings and events like open days
  • attending training courses and keeping up with professional development
  • supervising practical work within health and safety guidelines





£36,000 – £40,000

Part-time hourly rates vary between £15 and £35  
These figures are a guide.

HIGHLY Experienced

£40,000 – £80,000 (Management)

Working hours, patterns & environment

You’ll usually work up to 37 hours a week, with teaching time of around 24 hours. You may be expected to work at least one evening a week, and sometimes on Saturday mornings.

You could teach full time, part time (day or evening) or on day-release courses.

You could work in a classroom, workshop or laboratory and may need to wear safety equipment.

You could travel to accompany students on field trips.

Career path & progression

With experience, you could become a senior lecturer, head of department or move into management.

You could also become an assessor or verifier.

Another option is to become an examiner, write textbooks or develop online resources.

Course Level Duration Part/Full Time Cost
Award in assessing Competence in the Work Environment* Level 3 To be discussed on application Part & Full Time £450
Award in Education and Training* Level 3 12 Weeks Part-time £450
Certificate in Education and Training* Level 4 6 Months Part-time £1200
Internal Quality Assurance* Level 4 To be discussed on application Part & Full Time £450

* Please be aware that these courses may require a minimum number of learners to start the course before we begin teaching.