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What makes Private Tutoring at Worcester special?

Many graduates have the necessary skills and experience to make an excellent private 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 private 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%.

Key features

  • The course runs over an intense, two week period in June
  • All teaching takes place at the University of Worcester
  • 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 private 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?

This is a single-module course.

University Diploma in Private Tutoring

Indicative overview of content

Covers the key features of learner development from child to adulthood, tutor/tutee relationship, and a range of tutoring skills.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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 Private Tutoring is a new, university-level qualification, which has been designed to prepare you for a career in private 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 Legal/financial issues do I need to think about (including Disclosure and Barring Services)?
  • How do I advertise my services?

Our course in endorsed by the Tutors' Association                             

For more information about this course, please download our University Diploma in Private Tutoring flyer


Where could it take you?

Private and academic tutoring is increasingly in demand especially in a shifting educational landscape.

More and more parents are considering this option to help their children due to large class sizes at school, or when their children are not performing to their full ability.

Private tutoring is an excellent, flexible way to make some extra money to supplement your income and it also enhances your CV if you are looking for permanent work. It can also be very rewarding, as you will have enthusiastic students who really want to improve their performance in your subject.


How much will it cost?


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


How do you apply?

University Diploma in Private Tutoring

Apply for June 2018 enrolment

Please make your application via our online application form, which will be available here shortly.

Get in touch

For further information or to book your place on the course, get in touch with us on:

Education Administrator

Julie Perry
01905 855175