This course is validated by Edexcel. It complies with the new overarching professional standards in initial teacher training of all teachers entering the sector after 2001. The rationale for the programme is to equip teacher trainees with the initial knowledge and practical skills required for teaching in the post compulsory sector.
This course is primarily designed for those in an associate teaching role. An associate teacher role carries significantly less than the full range of teaching responsibilities ordinarily carried out in a full teaching role and does not require the teacher to demonstrate an extensive knowledge, understanding and application of curriculum development, curriculum innovation or curriculum delivery strategies. Often associate teachers do not develop teaching materials, but teach them from pre-prepared packs. They may also work under guidance or line management of someone in a full teaching role. Associate teachers in further education often have job titles such as instructor or trainer, and their job description may cover other responsibilities. In some training organisations within the skills sector the job descriptions for these roles often reflect a fairly full set of teaching duties. This would include those who deliver training on a regular basis in the work place.