Teaching in Colleges Today

What is special about this course?

This unit will familiarise you with important aspects of teaching in a college. The course is aimed at both inexperienced lecturers who are new in post (or about to start), and experienced lecturers who want to refresh their teaching competencies.

It is designed to develop core teaching skills and to promote engagement with learners in ways that are effective, stimulating and relevant to a college setting.

Entry requirements

You will need to have basic computer skills in order to access the learning materials. You must also be working as a lecturer in order to undertake the final course assessment.  However, you may start the course before you commence teaching, as initial preparation for the role.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and take appropriate actions to address the collective and individual needs of learners.
  • Use learning, assessment and teaching resources effectively to meet diverse learning needs.
  • Measure and record progress and attainment.
  • Use assessment feedback to promote learning
  • Work with an understanding of the roles, rights and responsibilities of the lecturer.
  • Comply with legislation and adopt good practice in relation to equality, social and cultural diversity and the protection and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable learners.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Open Learning

The course has been designed primarily for online delivery with a range of learning materials: some text-based, some activity – based and some focussed on reflective practice.

Your lecturer will provide you with a short induction to the course by phone, and you will then be provided with phone and email contact details for your lecturer. If you have problems with any of the materials, or difficulties in understanding the course, ask your lecturer. Your lecturer is there to help you with any problems, however small.

How long will my course last?

30 Hour

Completion of the course will require approximately 30 hours of study.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Open Learning courses start on the following dates each year:

  • 1st September
  • 1st November
  • 1st February
  • 1st March

You are welcome to come along and enrol on this course at any time. However, your course will commence on the next start date after your enrolment.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you may wish to progress to the PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland’s Colleges, which is a level 9 qualification.

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Apply for Teaching in Colleges Today

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.