Education and Teacher Training Partnerships


University of Bolton

The partnerships allows OLC to play a pivotal role in supporting and developing trainee teachers, providing the necessary teaching experiences to complete their qualifications. OLC designated mentors receive initial mentor training then receive an assessor certificate, UoB invites mentors to access a range of pedagogy events. Our students benefit from the most up to date teaching practices.

In the previous academic year, OLC supported 9 trainee tutors, 5 Healthcare department, 4 Business. Subject specialisms 2 nursing, 1 psychology and 2 Health and Social Care. 3 business and 1 law. Complete placements hours between November and May, they teach on HNC units.

Qualification: PGCE 14 + (M Level)

University of Huddersfield

In its partnership role with UoH, OLC plays a pivotal part in aiding and cultivating trainee tutors. This assistance encompasses the requisite teaching experiences vital for the attainment of their qualifications. Both parties, benefit from ongoing support through communities of practice and monthly mentor meetings. This structured mentor support ensures the optimal development of trainee educators. Furthermore, OLC students gain access to the latest teaching practices, thus ensuring they remain well-informed about the most up-to-date methodologies.

In the previous academic year OLC supported 3 trainee tutors, Subject specialisms 2 Business and 1 Law. Trainee’s complete placements between November and May.

They teach on level 4 units, dependent on both their subject specialist or they preferred area if interest.

Qualification: Lifelong Learning PGCE cert.


Liverpool John Moores University and Department for Education

OLC work with Turton School, Bolton within the School Direct UK Government initiative which is a school-led route into initial teacher training (ITT). It is run by a partnership between Turton School, OLC Colleges and an LJMU are the accredited teacher training provider.

Training places are allocated to OLC on behalf of the partnership, usually for up to one year. The lead school has overall responsibility for requesting places from the Department for Education (DfE) and for ensuring that the criteria for School Direct are met.

Society For Education & Training

OLC tutors are encouraged to become a professionally recognised educator. We chose QTLS, which is a Professional Status recognised in the Education sector, gained after successfully completing a six-month period of Professional Formation and maintained through membership to the Society for Education and Training.

The Professional Formation programme enables OLC tutors to show progression and commitment to excellence within the Further Education and Skills sector. Once tutors achieve QTLS, they are added to the professional register for UK education and training.


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