Initial Teacher Training Course

London College of Business Sciences is delighted to offer an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course validated by Pearson. The BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training for the academic year 2017/2018 is currently on offer at LCBS. This is a designated course approved by the Department for Education (DfE).

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at London College of Business Sciences are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for this course to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. We expect this process to be completed in early 2018.
Visit http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/ for more information.

BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK’s largest awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to more than 25,000 schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide.

Course Objectives

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) prepares trainee teachers and trainers to teach in a wide range of contexts. To achieve the qualification, there is a requirement for teaching practice that requires observation and assessment of performance.

The qualification can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers and trainers, including:

  • Individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements of the qualification.
  • Individuals who are currently teaching and training, including those who have just begun teaching and training and who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification.
  • Individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification and who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice, of the qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF)
  • A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
  • Other Ofqual approved related level 3 qualifications / UK NARIC equivalent
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • For students whose first language is not English, the minimum language requirement assessed at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2, equivalent to 5.5-6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) framework, or equivalent

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Modules Structure
The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the table below before Pearson can award the qualification, i.e. achieve the appropriate mandatory and optional units, as well as satisfactorily complete teaching practice.

Minimum number of credits that must be achieved 120
Number of mandatory credits that must be achieved 75
Number of optional credits that must be achieved 45
Minimum number of credits that must be achieved at level 5 61
Teaching practice hours 100
Unit reference number Mandatory units Level Credit value Guided learning hours
All units must be achieved from this group
H/505/0912 Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 4 20 65
R/505/0923 Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training 5 20 65
A/505/0818 Theories, principles and models in education and training 5 20 60
J/505/0837 Wider professional practice and development in education and training 5 15 50
Optional units group
45 credits must be achieved from this group
T/503/5380 Action research 5 15 50
L/503/5384 Inclusive practice 4 15 50
J/505/1096 Teaching in a specialist area 4 15 50

Course Progression
This Diploma qualification in the QCF is recognised as equivalent to the Certificate of Education qualifications in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). Learners who have achieved the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) can progress to further studies in education, such as the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 Diploma in Assessment Management (QCF).
Learners who achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF) and who are progressing to higher education accredited qualifications at Level 6 or above can have their Level 5 credit recognised in line with the higher education institution's arrangements for the recognition of prior learning.

Exemption Policies
There is no transfer of practice, including observed and assessed practice, from a previously achieved Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF).Trainees who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF) can transfer only 20 hours of practice and two hours of observed and assessed practice towards the practice requirements for Unit 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training, the Level 4 unit in the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (QCF). Students that have completed similar qualifications may be entitled to exemptions under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment (leading to the award of credit) that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be valid and reliable.

Course Duration : 1 year

Assessment : Centre-devised assessment, such as the assessment methods included as sample assessment activities, making use of evidence drawn from teaching practice.

Awarding Body : Pearson Edexcel

Course Fees (per year) : £6,000

FUNDING OVERVIEW

Your DET qualification is great for your job prospects and also increases your earning potential. So, studying in higher education is an investment in your future from which you will reap the rewards throughout your lifetime. At London College of Business Sciences we try to set our fees at the lowest level we are able to charge whilst still being able to offer our high quality learning provision. Please see our website for up to date information about our course fees. Or come in and speak to someone at the College office who will be able to tell you about our fees and payment structure.

A number of grants and loans are available, depending on your personal circumstances. The student finance system can be complex so we can help you to understand the facts before you invest in your future. Our website provides more detailed information or for further information on all aspects of student finance, as well as how to apply for it, go to www.direct.gov.uk/student-finance.

STUDENT LOANS AND GRANTS

If you are a UK or EU student studying on your first higher education course you can get a Government loan to cover the tuition fees. These tuition fee loans cover your course costs and are paid by the Government direct to the college. This is no ordinary loan - it’s not like repaying your credit card or bank loans. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You don’t have to pay back your tuition fee loan or your living costs loan until you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • You repay your loans at a rate of 9% of your income over £21,000. So if your salary is £25,000 a year, you pay 9% of £4,000, which is £6.92 a week.
  • If your job pays below £21,000, or if you stop working completely, you stop repaying your loan until you are working again and earning over £21,000.
  • Your monthly repayments will be deducted from your salary in a similar way to tax and National Insurance.
  • If it is not repaid within 30 years it is written off.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

You can also receive assistance with your living expenses. There are maintenance loans available and, depending on your household income, you could qualify for a non-repayable Maintenance Grant. Extra financial help may be available if you have a disability or children or adults who are dependents.