Hi everyone, I am new to the website and new to the whole 'DTLLS/Cert Ed' thing so please excuse me if I come across as very confused. I know you guys are probably bored half to death with endless questions around the FE qualifications but I hope you appreciate how bloody confusing this all is to someone relatively new to this system! Basically, after doing my GCSEs (studied 11), AS and A Levels (three of each) I went to Bangor University in 2004 to study English Language and Literature and Sociology as a degree. This was done full time and though I really enjoyed what I learnt I left university in June 2007 40 credits short of a whole degree (stupid - I know!). I am now 23 years old and I am desperate to teach. I have vast experience in the teaching industry; I have worked as a teaching assistant for six months, in a supplementary school for 14-19 year olds for two years and as a tutor on a regular basis. I also volunteer in my spare time; working with children with various disabilities (I have CACDP certificates in BSL) in an educational and recreational centre and as a youth worker for Central London Youth Development - a youth organisation. I even helped 'found' a homework club in a disadvantaged area of London with 11 other girls I knew from school. It was a pilot scheme and we managed to get National Lottery funding so it could run permenantly. I am hoping to a scheme like this again for young adults with disabilities. LOL, sorry it sounds like a job application. Basically, without my full degree I can't even think about applying for a PGCE in secondary education. I was disappointed but then realised I could go into Further Education where my experience and qualifications would be appreciated. I can't go back to university to finish my credits and get a PGCE with QTS as I simply can't afford to. I live in a Women's Refuge, work part time in a department store so I have access to very little funds. Training to teach Further Education would be a lot easier for me and most importantly something I would enjoy doing - I love teaching and I am eager to start! However, being naturally suspcious the PGCE/Cert Ed seems to good to be true so I have some questions for those in the know. Firstly, what is the difference between the Cert Ed and the DTLLS? What would make me better qualified to teach in FE and what I would be realistically allow to study with my level of qualifications? I have researched and noticed that a lot of universities offer the Cert Ed/PCET, is is better to do these than the DTLLS? Does it lead to QTLS? Can I get funding for training? Universities expect fees of £3,000 usually which I cannot afford without some help! I want to teach English as a specialist subject, but they are no specialst Cert Ed courses that do this - so how can I make English my specialist subject? Ideally I would like to get my QTLS in a year (hope to do any courses full time), is that at all possible with my level of qualifications? And what is the major difference between PGCE FE and a Cert ED QTLS/FE (apart from the obvious)? Because they seem to lead to the same thing - enabling you to teach in a further education institution. Sorry this is kind of long winded - it isn't even a summary of everything I want to ask and say! Hope you can help, I've noticed when browsing the website that the Cert Ed is looked down upon by those with QTS but I love teaching and feel that the letters of a qualification aren't the most important thing. It is what your course teaches you in the process that matters.