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Associate Teacher and Qualified Teacher roles

What is the difference between Associate Teacher and Qualified Teacher roles?

  • Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) - full teachers
  • Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) - associate teachers

Full teachers

This is a teaching role that carries the full range of teaching responsibilities (whether on a full-time, part-time, fractional, fixed term, temporary or agency basis) and requires the teacher to demonstrate an extensive range of knowledge, understanding and application of curriculum development, curriculum innovation or curriculum delivery strategies.

Full Teachers may:

  • Have responsibility for learners throughout the learning process
  • Engage in teaching on a range of academic levels within their subject specialism
  • Design resources to be used in teaching and evaluate them
  • Deliver learning across a range of levels, learner types and subjects
  • Contribute to a range of programmes of varying lengths

The DTLLS qualifies you to teach within the sector within this defined role and will lead to QTLS status after registration with the Institute for Learning (IfL) and 30 hours of CPD has been achieved. You also need to demonstrate achievement of minimum skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at Level 2.

Associate Teachers

This is a teaching role that carries significantly less than the full range of teaching responsibilities ordinarily carried out in a full teaching role (whether on a full-time, part-time, fractional, fixed term, temporary or agency basis) and does not require the teacher to demonstrate an extensive range of knowledge, understanding and application of curriculum development, curriculum innovation or curriculum delivery strategies.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Teaching from packs and pre-prepared material with limited responsibility for curriculum design
  • Teaching mainly on a one to one basis
  • Teaching on a limited range or level of programmes within one curriculum area
  • Teaching on a short course

Often Associate Teachers do not develop teaching materials, but teach them from pre-prepared packs. They should also work under the guidance or line management of someone in a full teaching role.

The CTLLS qualifies you to teach within the sector within this defined role and will lead to ATLS status after registration with the Institute for Learning (IfL) and a defined period of CPD has been achieved. It also allows you to progress onto the Full Award at a later date should your teaching role and responsibilities change.

You may teach BSL as an Associate Teacher if you are using pre-designed and prepared curricula and assessment materials, such as those from Signature or BSLA.  You should have someone in the college who has responsibility for mentoring, overall organisation and line management. 

Further reading and information

(archived) Guidance from LLUK for awarding institutions on teacher roles and initial teaching qualifications (PDF, 431KB)