Are you considering a return to teaching? The University of South Wales is one of just a few universities to provide the Further Professional Development for Returning and Supply Teachers course, which meets the requirements for teachers who have been out of the profession for five years or more.
The Further Professional Development for Returning and Supply Teachers course is for qualified teachers who need to update their existing teaching qualification. It will prepare you for a return to teaching in a primary school, or for a move from secondary to primary school teaching. What's more, if you're in regular supply work and looking to obtain a long-term or permanent teaching appointment, the Further Professional Development for Returning and Supply Teachers qualification may also be beneficial.
This is not a conversion course, but is designed to further your professional development, and help with new opportunities. It will give you the confidence to apply for teaching posts with the knowledge that you can speak with recent and relevant experience.
This course is subject to validation.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
This 40-credit course covers all areas of learning and experience in simulated classrooms in the university. Also included are 10 days or equivalent working in a school or schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position.
Issues of assessment, management and resourcing are discussed as integral aspects of these studies and the course provides an opportunity to explore recent and relevant developments, reforms and innovations. It is structured to provide plenty of practical experience supported by the relevant theory.
You will study with other qualified teachers and will review, enhance and consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in primary education
The Further Professional Development for Returning and Supply Teachers course runs one day a week, currently on a Wednesday, for fifteen weeks beginning on Wednesday 4th March and running until Wednesday 1st July.
There are holidays within these times of 8th, 15th April and 27th May.
The days are varied and involve a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, workshops, practical activities, directed and independent learning and, where appropriate, informal tutorials.
Please note, this course is 40 credits in total. Please check the fees section carefully, as the fees stated are for every 20 credits.
Assessment is 100% coursework and includes one assignment, which involves the recording of a reflective school diary based on the ten days spent in the primary school of your choice, in order to obtain maximum advantage from the classroom experience.
In addition to the 15 days in University, each member of the course completes 10 days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.
This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. To complete the course successfully a pass in the assignment is required. The assignment is a reflective log based upon the ten days in school.
Qualified Teacher Status (primary or secondary) and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child Workforce and Child Barring List.
Please upload the following to your online application:
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
This Further Professional Development for Returning and Supply Teachers course enables those teachers who have lost contact with current practice to return to the classroom. In addition, many teachers who originally qualified as secondary school teachers have found the course helpful in obtaining work in the primary sector, and currently employed supply teachers have been able to secure permanent posts.