Course informationCertEd, PGCE & PGDE (full-time, pre-service route)
This full-time programme is designed for those who wish to teach post-14 students. Time is spent in taught sessions and a teaching placement, allowing you to develop practical teaching skills and an understanding of educational theory.
If you want to teach young people or adults, this course helps you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training and to creatively explore the professional opportunities open to you. You will gain competence in planning, teaching and learning, and in working with students.
This course is a one year, full-time, modular programme and is assessed through written assignments and practical assessment of teaching practice. The course is structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work, such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.
The course is validated by the University of Huddersfield and leads to a University of Huddersfield award. The University of Huddersfield is a Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Students with a degree have the option of taking the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (advanced PGCE). This course is worth 120 credits at Master’s level.
Skills and Knowledge Developed:
The course aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to manage a variety of learning situations and contribute to the wider activities of colleges or training organisations. Through your placement, you will gain practical experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals. You will develop confidence and competence in planning teaching and learning, and in working with learners in a range of classroom settings.
You will be required to deliver a minimum 100 hours of teaching which will be assessed by tutors and a subject specialist
mentor. Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you and are relevant to your working environment as well as to your career development.
QualificationsThe final qualification depends on the highest qualification you currently hold. Your pathway will be decided after enrolment.
The following qualifications are available:
• The Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - level 5 course
• The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - level 6 course
• The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - level 7 course
• The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Lifelong Learning) - level 7 course
All qualifications above are awarded by the University of Huddersfield.
This course provides a route to being a Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), the full professional status for teachers in Lifelong Learning. The course can also lead to employment in secondary schools; however, it does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This course leads to...All awards lead to a professional qualification for teaching in Further Education colleges, Sixth Forms, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings.
This course also provides a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), the full professional status for teachers in Lifelong Learning (Education and Training). Please note that the course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those working or intending to work in schools, although it is currently possible for people with QTLS to obtain work in schools as a qualified teacher.
Past students have progressed to the BA in Education and Professional Development or Master’s level study.
Entry RequirementsEntry criteria varies, depending on the highest qualification you currently hold. Entry requirements are as follows:
• Certificate in Education applicants
You should have a qualification at Level 3 or above in the area that you teach (for example, A-levels, HNC, HND, CGLI advanced, NVQ Level 3-4), and relevant work experience.
• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education applicants
You should hold a UK first degree or equivalent and relevant work experience, where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in, if this is different from that of your degree.
• Postgraduate Certificate/Post Graduate Diploma in Education applicants
You should hold a UK first degree at 2:1 or above or equivalent and relevant work experience, where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in, if this is different from that of your degree.
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