Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Teacher Training & Development

Teaching is an increasingly popular choice of career and CRC offers qualifications both for teachers at the start of their career in post-16 education and for more experienced professionals wishing to improve or upgrade through professional development. We also offer courses for those who have more of a supporting role in the classroom. All our courses are taught by professional lecturers, who have extensive experience of teaching in the sector. Our higher level courses are awarded by Ascentis.

Training in Supporting Teaching & Learning

Teaching Assistants’ Qualifications – Primary and Secondary School

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

This qualification is for those who are working or volunteering in schools as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools

This course will provide you with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working as a teaching assistant with children and young people in schools.

Level 2 Mentoring Award NCFE

This qualification will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor and develop the skills you will need to be effective. It will help you to:

  • gain insight into the role and practice of mentorship
  • be clear about mentor/mentee relationships
  • ensure they follow good practice
  • develop the specific skills and understanding required in order to mentor
  • reflect on their own learning and work performance
  • understand the benefits of mentoring
  • understand legal and ethical mentoring requirements.

Teacher Training

Our teaching qualifications are suitable for those wanting to teach in Post 16 Further Education and 6th Form Colleges. They do not qualify you to teach in primary or secondary schools.

Level 3 Award in Education & Training

This qualification, previously PTLLS,  is an ideal start for those who think they may be interested in teaching but are not sure as you do not need any experience of teaching or any teaching hours to undertake the course. Equally, this 12-week course will be of interest to those who are now in teaching. It is an introductory qualification and gives some initial training and guidance on session and course planning, assessment for learning, teaching/training techniques and classroom management. It would be of interest to those who may like to teach, tutor, train, mentor or assess. Our next start dates is April 2016. Classes are on Mondays, from 1pm to 4pm, and Wednesdays, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

This two-year part-time Higher Education qualification, previously known as DTLLS, is designed to meet the requirements of those who wish to qualify in a full teacher role. It requires candidates to be in a practical teacher role when they join the course and is suitable for teachers in the post-compulsory learning sector, which includes FE colleges, adult and community learning environments, charity and voluntary sector organisations as well as work-based learning providers. The qualification provides a practical approach to the application of knowledge necessary to become a successful teacher. Our next start date  is September 2016 Рplease call us on 01223 226315 for more details

Other Courses

We also offer the following courses for those already in a teaching role:

Working with Dyslexia

This course is targeted at people who are teaching, supporting or working with students in post-16 education. It will give a basic knowledge of dyslexia and how dyslexics learn.

Train the Trainer

For more information on any of our courses, please call 01223 226315 or email


Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.