A qualification in teaching and education could see you fulfilling your passion helping children and young people. 

Whether you are looking to become a teaching assistant, or aspire to be teaching your own class, Weston College offers numerous teaching qualifications for adult learners wanting to join teaching professions.

The teaching sector is growing. The teaching and education sector is now the third largest employment sector in the UK, ranging from primary education all the way to university level higher education, and offering plenty of opportunities. 

You can make a difference. Being a teacher is a huge responsibility, as you’ll be one of the main people that can influence students into a positive mind-set and help them learn all they can.

Plus, at Weston College we teach right up to degree-level so you have the chance to become highly qualified and skilled in teaching with us.

Careers in Teaching and Education

Here are just a few examples of job titles that have shown to be the most popular listings in the South West region within the last year.

Career excellence hub

We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

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What your career could look like!

Career opportunities and salaries in the sector could include:

  • Teaching (secondary): £20,057 - £50,838 
  • Teaching assistant: £6,458 - £21,152 
  • Early years officer: £23,943 

What your career could look like!

The shortage of teaching roles will allow for a wider range of job opportunities when you qualify fully and begin looking for work. As well as this, it’s a growing sector, and is the third largest employment area in the UK. Plus, with the Careers Excellence Hub, we will put you in contact with potential employers, who will teach you the skills and qualities that are looked for in the hiring process.  

A career in education is a huge responsibility, but will be extremely rewarding, and training at Weston College will help you develop your skills and succeed in you field. If you decide to progress onto degree level with University Centre Weston, they’ll even prioritise your application to increase your chance of gaining a degree! 

Unsure what courses is right for you?


Rikki at awards
My biggest challenge was my confidence or lack of it. I didn’t believe in myself and my abilities. I felt fully supported in what I was doing whilst at college, without that support I am not sure I would have achieved anything

Supporting Teaching and Learning, Level 3

Christie getting her award on stage posing for a picture with two men
Working as a teaching assistant, Christie has consistently displayed excellent communication skills, effectively collaborating with fellow staff to facilitate smooth classroom operations and foster strong partnerships between home and school!

Teaching assistant apprenticeship


Early Years Educator with children as they play and learn

<p paraeid="{14ad165d-10a6-4a1e-8e1d-02edb4ef7bb5}{206}" paraid="1137693941">Are you drawn to studying <a href="…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Early Years</a> but want to know about your career prospects? Or perhaps you are part-way through your course and are interested in finding out more about your options?&nbsp;</p><p paraeid="{14ad165d-10a6-4a1e-8e1d-02edb4ef7bb5}{236}" paraid="1860968715">At Weston College, we offer a variety of exciting and industry-relevant <a href="…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Early Years courses,</a> from our Level 1 pathway in <a href="…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Caring for Children</a> to our Level 3 <a href="…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship</a> and <a href="…; rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">T Level in Education and Childcare.</a>&nbsp;We also offer a variety of Adult courses in these areas including our <a href="… 3 Early Years Educator NFCE CACHE Diploma</a> and <a href="… 3 Education and Training</a>.</p><p paraeid="{6a09112a-f57d-435c-a6b2-315c00f33c5e}{5}" paraid="1187867155">Read on to find out where your career in Early Years can begin!</p>

Official Opening of the New Education and Early Years hub

<p>Today members of local council, ESFA, ETF, schools and nurseries, all joined Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College and the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Councillor James Clayton, who together, officially opened the new Education and Early Years facilities at Weston College.</p>

<p>This new hub will meet the growing demand from employers both locally and regionally to train staff of the future, preparing them ready to join a growing industry.</p>

<p>The Education and Early Years facilities have been developed in conjunction with the <a href="">Career Excellence Hub</a> employers: Busy Buddies, Little Bears, DaisyChain, Mendip Green, YMCA and Storal Learning, who ensure not only that the course content includes insights of industry leaders, but also that the new facilities will be industry standard to give them real-life experience.</p>

<p>The grand opening included a tour of the brand new £600k Education and Early Years hub that includes:</p>

<li>Community Room – to allow us to host stay and play and other community sessions.</li>
<li>Child and Healthcare Room – a multi-functional space for food prep and mid-session naps.</li>
<li>Primary School Room – an engaging environment full of multi-curricular activities.</li>
<li>Creative and Exploratory Atelier – a non-traditional learning environment to host messy-play, science activities and more.</li>
<li>Observation room – includes one-way mirrors so learners do not influence a child’s play.</li>

<p>Sandra Bull, Dean of the Faculty said: “The new hub is really impressive, I’m so pleased it’s come to fruition. It’s really important for us that all learners get real-life experience to ensure they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the modern jobs market.”</p>

<p>These new facilities are matched with an exciting portfolio of study programmes. For school leavers there will be full-time college-based courses, apprenticeships plus the new flagship T Level – the gold-standard in qualifications where learners can follow a college-based programme and gain sector experience through an industry placement. Plus, a range of options for adults for those who would like to upskill or re-train as an early years practitioner or teaching assistant.</p>

<p>Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Weston College added: “It was a privilege to officially open the new facilities today. This is just one element of a College-wide initiative to ensure we are making aspirational careers a reality for all our learners regardless of their starting point in life.”</p>

<p>The build is co-funded by T Level Capital funding, awarded by the Department for Education.</p>

<p>Find out more</p>

<li><a href="… for school leavers starting in September</a></li>
<li><a href="… for adults starting in January</a></li>
<li><a href="">Next open event</a></li>

Jess Early Years and Education

<p>Jess studied a level 3 early years and education course at Weston College before progressing to higher education at UCW and is now employed in a managerial position at a specialist independent education organisation.</p>

<p>Jess said: "My time at Weston College helped me decide that I wanted to dedicate my career to helping people.”</p>

<p>The level 3 course included subjects such as child development; theories of development, learning and behaviour; health and safety and safeguarding; observation, assessment and planning, special educational needs and disability; legislations, policy and procedure; children’s health and care; early years foundation stage and key stage one, first aid and food hygiene training.</p>

<p>In 2021 the level 3 course will also include 750 hours of work placements to ensure you develop your workplace skills ready for employment. Giving you a blend of classroom learning and on-the-job experience.</p>

<p>Although Jess initially took time away from her studies to teach English in Cambodia after finishing College, she returned to UCW in 2016 and has now achieved an upper second-class honours degree in early years education at UCW.</p>

<p>“I was in UCW three days a week for the degree in early years education, which meant I had plenty of time to for my work placement and to study. I’m so grateful to my family, friends, my lecturers and everyone else at UCW who helped me. My studies at UCW set me up for success in lots of roles"</p>

<p>Sandra, Dean of Faculty said: “It’s great to see Jess’s journey through College, a gap year, UCW and now into employment. The early years courses really do open many doors and in particular the new T level will get you a nationally recognised certificate, giving you opportunities to enter the industry but also gain UCAS points towards further education.”</p>

<p>Join us:</p>

<li>Early years and education <a href="… for 16-19 year olds</a> (including the new T Level)</li>
<li>Early years education degree at <a href="">UCW</a></…;
<li>Forthcoming <a href="">events</a></li&gt;

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