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Pathway to success

Teaching is much more than just a career – it is a vocation which impacts on the lives of the pupils and students within your care. We all remember our favourite teacher whether it be the one who inspired us to take their subject further into Higher Education, the teacher who always made learning fun or the one who was always available when needing someone to talk to.

Everyday in the classroom is different even though there is routine and structure within the school day.  Your pupils will surprise and challenge you whilst you will be supported by more experienced practitioners as you build your career and move through from classroom teacher to Head of Department and beyond if you should so wish.  

This pathway is for those students who wish to embark on a degree in teaching after college or who wish to enter the teaching profession as a graduate having completed a first degree in their chosen specialism. This pathway provides and opportunity to learn some of the skills required in teaching whilst completing a programme of teacher observation and work placement. 

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

Students should choose the subject that they would like to teach if considering a career in secondary teaching, further or higher education 

Optional Subjects

You can choose any two subjects from our wide portfolio of Advanced Level subjects for your third A Level.

Enrichment opportunities

Option to follow the Gifted Student Programme


Future Teacher Elective

Work placement

Progression Opportunities

Most students following this route will complete a degree in their chose discipline and then having completed this qualification will enrol on a PGCE course for initial teacher training

Edge Hill University BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics with QTS (104-112 UCAS points)

Extended Diploma Route
Compulsory Subject

An Extended Diploma is one of the following areas:

Health and Social Care.

Sport and Exercise Science

Biomedical Sciences

Business Studies



UAL Applied Art and Design

Optional Subjects :

None – Your Extended Diploma is your full course

Enrichment opportunities

Future Teachers Elective

Visits to schools

Teacher observation

Lecture programme delivered by Liverpool Hope University 

Education taster Day

Work placement 

Progression Opportunities

Edge Hill University BA (Hons) Children’s and Young People’s Learning and Development (Primary) (DMM)

University of Durham Primary Education (DDM)

Combined Options
Compulsory Subjects

BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care 

BTEC Diploma in Business Studies

BTEC Diploma in ICT

Optional Subjects :

You can choose one other subject from our wide portfolio of Advanced Level or Extended Certificates

Enrichment opportunities

Future Teachers Elective

Visits to schools

Teacher Observation

Lecture programme delivered by Liverpool Hope University 

Education taster Day

Work placement 

Progression Opportunities

University of Birmingham Education BA Education (DD) + A level Grade A in subject studied

Liverpool Hope University BA Early Years Education with QTS ( 120 UCAS points)

Where will this pathway lead me?

Likely employment opportunities:

Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, Head of Department, Pastoral Leads, Educational Management

Alex Pendlebury

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science [(D*D*D*]

Where next

Edge Hill University
BA (Hons) – Physical Education and School Sport


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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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