Preparing to Teach

Are you:

  • Passionate about people?
  • Interested in education?
  • Tempted to teach?
  • Wondering about teaching young people (16+) or adults in any setting?
  • Not quite ready to commit to a full teaching qualification?

This part-time short course offers you an introduction to the concepts and principles which underpin effective learning and teaching. You will find out what it means to be a teacher or trainer.

On completing this module, you will gain 10 credits at Level 4.

The core content of the module covers the following:

  • An introduction to principles and practices of the main methods of managing learning in typical situations and contexts: including communication skills and styles of teaching.
  • Reflection on previous experiences of learning and learning environments.
  • An overview of assessment and evaluation methods
  • An introduction to learning aids with an emphasis on learning technologies
  • The roles and responsibilities of practitioners in the lifelong learning sector including the promotion of good practice, challenges of essential skills and equality of opportunity for all.
  • Raising awareness of teaching and learning in a bilingual setting, as appropriate.


Your course tutors will use a wide range of techniques, so you can learn about different teaching methods from experience as a learner as well as through theory.

The practical focus of your assessment offers you the opportunity to plan and teach your own session to test out some of these ideas in practice. You will participate in lectures, directed learning tasks, independent study and both formative and summative assessment activities.

The course will be delivered over five weeks for two hours at the Newport campus.


There are three elements to the assessment:

  • Practical Coursework (50%): You will produce a lesson plan and deliver a 20-minute teaching session to your peers on the course.
  • Written Assignment 1 (25%): You will write a 1,000-word rationale explaining your approach to the peer teach with reference to key learning theories.
  • Written Assignment 2 (25%): You will write a 1,000-word reflection based on your peer teaching session which includes developmental points for improving performance.

You will need to have a qualification at Level 3 or above such as an A Level, a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma, or an Access to HE Diploma.

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.

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Apply directly to the university for this course.

For further information, please contact [email protected]

Successful completion of this module could lead you to one of our PcET teaching qualifications on either a full-time or part-time route.

Find out more about our PcET qualifications:

You may decide that your interests lie in Learning Support rather than teaching in which case you could follow our Foundation Degree in Learning Support. This course provides a recognised professional and academic qualification for a career within ‘Learning Support’ across the Further, Adult and Vocational Education (FAVE) sector, delivering employment-focused learning experience for students.

Foundation Degree Learning Support for Further, Adult and Vocational Education.