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What makes Tutoring at Worcester special?

Many graduates have the necessary skills and experience to make an excellent tutor. While it is not possible to teach in many state schools in the UK without a formal teaching qualification, you can offer your services as a tutor - someone who offers in-depth one-to-one tuition to students in order to help them with particular pieces of course work, tests or exams.

A recent Ipsos Mori poll found that 24% of all young people in the UK have received private tuition at some point; in London, the figure rises to 40%.

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Key features

  • Build confidence, knowledge and skills in all aspects of tutoring
  • Explore and apply traditional tutoring and e-tutoring models
  • Entrepreneurial advice to starting your tutoring career
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Experience of working with others in a formal learning context with either individuals or groups
  • Successful study at Level 3 or 4
  • Solid subject knowledge in the chosen tutoring area e.g. A level, first degree
  • GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent) in English & Maths

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Other information

To be a successful tutor you need to have a range of skills and experience:

  • Subject specific knowledge is vital. It is important to go into your sessions confident that you have some new information or a new approach to offer the student. The academic knowledge and discipline of a university education is an ideal preparation to be a tutor.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good knowledge of revision and exam techniques
Course content

What will you study?

University Diploma in Tutoring

Indicative overview of content

  • Induction
  • Safeguarding and health and safety
  • Building relationships and behaviour
  • Managing inclusion
  • How we learn planning for learning (part 1)
  • Independent study. How we learn (part 2)
  • Tutorials/feedback on independent study
  • Checking learners understanding
  • Careers
  • Managing learners' needs. SENDi, EAL and more able pupils
  • Learning outdoors
  • Tutoring environments online tutoring
  • Exam preparation and assessing learners' progress (part 1)
  • Independent study. Exam preparation and assessing learners' progress ( part 2)
  • Reflective practice
  • Feedback on independent study and tutorials
  • Independent study - preparation for the presentation
  • Portfolio tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio submission
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


  • You are taught through a combination of face to face teaching and independent study
  • Meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions
  • You have an opportunity to discuss your progress with your academic tutor

Contact time

You will have around 60 contact hours of teaching.

Typically class contact time will be structured around the exploration of the specific skills required from a tutor, based on the National Occupational Standards and on the skills which you need to develop your business.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 12 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve researching specific aspects the role of the tutor and preparing for the assessed elements of the Diploma.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes tutors from the School of Education at the University of Worcester.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a presentation and the submission of a portfolio.

The formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:

  1. Critically reflective portfolio.
  2. Presentation: identify different tutoring contexts and discuss implications for a tutor in terms of learner development, subject knowledge etc. 


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

The Qualification

Although you do not require a specific qualification to work as a tutor, many graduates find it helpful to have a professional introduction to this area of work.

The Diploma in Tutoring is a new, university-level qualification, which has been designed to prepare you for a career in tutoring. Expert lecturers from the University of Worcester's Institute of Education will help develop your teaching skills, as well as guiding you through some of the practicalities of tutoring, including:

  • How can I make my lessons interesting and useful?
  • How do I adapt my approach for different ages of students, including adults?
  • How much should I charge?
  • Where should I see students?
  • What issues do I need to think about (including Disclosure and Barring Services)?
  • How do I advertise my services?
  • How do I set and share professional expectations?

Where could it take you?

Tutoring is an excellent and flexible way to help individuals improve their performance in your subject whether you are self-employed whether you work within an organisation. Students call upon the services of tutors for a variety of reasons including:

  • support with subject knowledge
  • exam preparation
  • support with career-change
  • lifelong learning



How much will it cost?


  • University of Worcester current students: £600
  • University of Worcester Alumni: £750
  • Other: £900
How to apply