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Certificate in Education

The perfect course for those wishing to pursue a career teaching young people and adults.

Awarding Body

This course is approved and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The course is delivered by Lakes College.

Course Information

You will study part-time over two years, and attend one three hour evening session per week.

Your learning will take place at Lakes College, CA14 4JN. Not sure where to find us? Click here!

The courses contains a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, group work, self-study, assignments, observations.

Assessment will be ongoing via observation of teaching sessions in addition to the production of planning documents, assignments and presentations.

Read the course specification here

Modules you will study

You will study:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Further Education and Skills Sector. The aim of the module is to provide trainee teachers with the necessary foundational skills for teaching, learning, and assessing in the Further Education and Skills (FES) Sector. While this module forms part of the Certificate in Education and PGCE, it can be awarded as a standalone module; the Preparatory Certificate in Education and Training.

Developing Subject Specialist Practice. The aim of the module is to develop trainee teachers’ professional skills and behaviours as reflective subject-specialist practitioners in the Further Education and Skills (FES) Sector: To develop trainees’ confidence and independence in meeting the changing demands of teaching, learning and assessment and explore and develop an evidence-based approach to the teaching of their subject.

Designing and Developing an Inclusive Curriculum. The aim of the module is to develop trainees’ knowledge and skills for curriculum planning, review, and development, so they can develop a holistic, inclusive, and evidence-based approach to their curriculum decisions and practice. While this module forms part of the Certificate in Education and PGCE, the three first-year modules form the Intermediate Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

You will study:

Advancing Subject Specialist Practice.

Research Informed Practice.

Policy and Professionalism in the Further Education and Skills Sector.

Additional Information

Admission to the Certificate in Education award will be open to both new applicants to teaching and in-service teachers, trainers and tutors in adult, community, work-based and further education and the wider Further Education and Training Sector, who, at the time of starting the scheme meet the following entry requirements:

  1. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism. Under exceptional circumstances some entrants may hold a relevant vocational qualification of at least the level above that of their learners.
  2. Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 and above, or equivalent, to include English. Applicants who do not have English as a GCSE will be required to successfully achieve the University’s diagnostic test prior to entry to the programme.
  3. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).
  4. A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 75 hours of teaching per academic year for the part time programme. In some circumstances, a voluntary teaching placement may also be possible for part time trainees. It is a requirement that a DBS check has been undertaken before entry to the programme. Teaching Hours The scheme is extremely dependent upon trainee teachers being able to put into practice in their own classrooms the values, knowledge and professional skills they gain through their studies.

It is a requirement of the programme that applicants should be employed or in a placement as teachers, trainers or tutors for a minimum of 150 hours during the programme. Whilst this is a benchmark, in cases where the quality, quantity or breadth of the teaching is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme, it may be necessary to arrange for trainees to carry out some additional teaching. Teaching practice must be carried out predominantly with groups of learners, although some individual teaching can be undertaken.

Effective teaching practice experience should ideally include:

  • different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts
  • teaching across more than one level
  • teaching a variety of learners
  • experience of non-teaching role

Please note that applicants wanting to teach English and applicants wanting to teach maths (without a degree/’A’ Level in maths) will have to complete an additional entry assessment to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills.

Please see the Course Page for the latest information regarding fees and financial support we can offer you.

(Learners are responsible for meeting any travel costs related to travelling to and from placement.)

Completion of the Cert.Ed or PGCE qualification may lead to employment as a further education teacher in any post compulsory educational establishment.

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These qualifications carry University credits that can be used towards further study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies which may be studied at Furness College.

On achievement of the Certificate in Education awarded by UCLan, qualified teachers in the Education and Training sector will be eligible to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status through the Society for Education and Training (SET).  This will allow them to work as qualified teachers in the secondary school sector as well as in education and training.  The cost of undertaking professional formation leading to QTLS can be found on the SET website (link above).  The SET focus is mainly on the CPD aspects of QTLS and NOT the QTS equivalence aspect.

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