Education & Training Foundation 

Preparing for a career in Further Education Teaching and Training 


If you are considering a career change into FE teaching or training from the armed forces, this course will explore the benefits that your knowledge, skills and experience will bring to learners in FE.  

Whatever your pathway into teaching, this course will give you the confidence to make the move providing you with up-to-date information to inform your decision-making and support for your application and interview. You can find out more about the course in this short welcome video 


Course Overview

The course can be studied flexibly in a way that best suits an individual’s personal and professional development needs, although it is suggested that it will require approximately two hours of study per week for six weeks. Accordingly, the course is structured in six parts:

Week one – Introducing the FE sector and technical teaching – looks at how prior skills and experience can enrich teaching and learning in various FE settings and provides an overview of the sector and plans for its reform and growth.

Week two – Thinking about learning – considers teaching and learning theories applicable to the sector, how good curriculum design can support the learner journey, and the characteristics of excellent technical teaching.

Week three – Subject knowledge and core skills – examines more advanced theories in technical teaching and learning, including subject context knowledge and occupational identity, as well as the minimum core skills of English, maths and digital, and obligations for teaching staff including responsibilities around safeguarding and Prevent.It also considers the Education Inspection Framework.

Week four – Learning from industry and the line of sight to work – focuses on the importance of effective, impartial careers education, information, and advice for learners, advancing equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) through FE teaching, and embedding education for sustainable development (ESD) throughout all programmes.

In week five participants undertake an independent learning task.

Week six – Making the move – next steps – reflects on the course and the transition into teaching, brokering employment opportunities, and preparation for applying for FE teaching roles, including interviews and microteaches.


Participant Feedback

‘I feel encouraged and inspired by the teachers reflecting on their journeys from working in the sector to the classroom teaching and although I am excited to make my next chapter, and although I am apprehensive, I realise now that this is normal and a mutual feeling. I have definitely made the right decision to begin FE teaching’

‘A brilliant summary of the sector and very relevant in the light of the Skills for Life White Paper which is redefining the sector. I'm not new to FE having made the transition from mainstream teaching to FE some years ago, but I want to take advantage of any opportunity to gain more sector knowledge and understanding of important changes in policy and funding requirements affecting the sector and hence FE tutors indirectly.

‘I feel reassured after watching the video and excited to get going with the course and my future career in FE’

‘Some incredibly influential messages! What a wonderful look at education from a learning environment I hadn’t considered before- Great Video!’

So why FE?

Why we love FE 

This is a FREE 6 week course with 12 hours of flexible learning, to include in week 5 an opportunity to complete an independent study task that will best suit your personal and professional development needs.

Further details and online booking can be found here

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