Subjects

Education and Training

All Macclesfield College’s education and training courses are delivered by teaching professionals. We have a wide range of teaching qualifications from level 2 up to level 5. You can choose from a variety of courses including PGCE (post 16) and Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education. You can also study our Teaching Assistant courses both online and in the classroom, giving you complete control of your learning.

Not sure what’s right for you?

Please answer the questions to the right to refine your course options

How old are you?

16-18
19+

Do you want to LearnClear filter

Full time
Through an apprenticeship

Clear filter

Please choose from the courses below.

Academic year: 20/21


The Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning has been designed to provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school or college environments. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour and communication and professional relationships.
Learners will take part in learning about children and education from 5 years and above. This provides the learner with knowledge of working with different individuals in different settings, such as adults who have SEND within a college environment.

The structure is simple with mandatory units only to support all-round knowledge and skills for future employment in different learning environments and includes current agendas such as radicalisation, mental health and e-safety.

It is aimed at learners working in roles that support pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges. Learners will need to be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course in a learning environment (school or college) as they need to show competence in both skills and knowledge.

View course

Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 15th September 2020 to 28th June 2022


The overall purpose of the Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education and Training) programme is to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other settings. The Certificate in Education qualification is a highly respected qualification and is a recognised passport into teaching in the sector.
The qualification is awarded by the University of Derby (www.derby.ac.uk); recognised both locally and nationally as an outstanding provider. It will be delivered at Macclesfield College by an experienced team of teacher educators.

The programme is suitable for vocationally qualified professionals seeking to become fully qualified teachers of learners aged 14 and above in the Post-14 sector, and other educational settings. It is designed for in-service trainees already working in the sector in a paid or voluntary* capacity.

*Where this is the case you will need to find your own suitable setting within which to undertake your voluntary teaching practice (which will be checked by the college). We may be to facilitate teaching practice opportunities at Macclesfield College, but this cannot be guaranteed.

There is a minimum requirement of 100 teaching hours which need to be completed over the 2 years.
A key aim of the programme is the development of effective, autonomous, reflective practitioners, who achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners with whom they work.
The programme is a professional teacher education course that allows trainees to apply for and achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status via a period of Professional Formation overseen by the Society for Education and Training (SET). Once QTLS has been achieved trainees are ‘fully qualified’ as teachers. The course prepares trainees for the practical demands of teaching in the Post-14 sector, as well as for 14-19 education in other settings, in a Level 5, 120-credit programme.

View course

Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 15th September 2020 to 28th June 2022


The overall purpose of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education and Training) programme is to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other settings. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification is a highly respected qualification and is a recognised passport into teaching in the sector.

The qualification is awarded by the University of Derby (www.derby.ac.uk); recognised both locally and nationally as an outstanding provider. It will be delivered at Macclesfield College by an experienced team of teacher educators.

The programme is suitable for graduates seeking to become fully qualified teachers of learners aged 14 and above in the Post-14 sector, and other educational settings. It is designed for in-service trainees already working in the sector in a paid or voluntary* capacity.

*Where this is the case you will need to find your own suitable setting within which to undertake your voluntary teaching practice (which will be checked by the college). We may be to facilitate teaching practice opportunities at Macclesfield College, but this cannot be guaranteed.

There is a minimum requirement of 100 teaching hours which need to be completed over the 2 years.

A key aim of the programme is the development of effective, autonomous, reflective practitioners, who achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners with whom they work.

The programme is a professional teacher education course that allows trainees to apply for and achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status via a period of Professional Formation overseen by the Society for Education and Training (SET). Once QTLS has been achieved trainees are ‘fully qualified’ as teachers. The course prepares trainees for the practical demands of teaching in the Post-14 sector, as well as for 14-19 education in other settings, in a Level 7, 120-credit programme.

View course

Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 16th September 2020 to 28th June 2023


The Foundation Degree Arts Children and Young People is a programme for those working, or wanting to work, with children and/or young people from birth to twenty-five years of age in a wide variety of education and care settings. This part-time course enables both qualified practitioners (already employed in the children’s and young people’s sector) and student practitioners to develop further academic and vocational knowledge, skills and understanding and to apply these in their work with children and young people. The Foundation Degree Arts Module Framework is comprised of a set of common Core Modules, sharing the same philosophies, understandings and values for practitioners working in an integrated children’s and young people’s sector with children and young people 0– 25 years of age. A number of specialist practitioner option modules have been designed so that practitioners and student practitioners can select from these to meet their personal, professional and employment needs and interests.

View course

Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 15th September 2020 to 29th June 2021


This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships.

This course is also suitable for learners already working in roles that support pupils’ learning including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

Learners complete all study online with the option to attend workshop sessions in college.

View course

Academic year: 20/21

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

It is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

Learners complete all study online with the option to attend workshop sessions in college.

View course

Apprenticeship vacancies

To find out more about apprenticeships through Macclesfield College, give our Maxim Team a call on 01625 410022.


View current Apprenticeships