This qualification is ideal for practicing teachers and trainers in all sectors of post fourteen education and training. It is also an ideal qualification for those who have newly finished a degree and wish to gain a teaching qualification to add to their CV. The course is assessed through 100 hours of post 14 teaching practice (either paid or voluntary), assignments, portfolio building, seminar presentations and observation of teaching practice. Attendance at a two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield is required in the second year. Completion of the programme allows for application to Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills (QTLS) and Higher Education Academy (HEA) accreditation.
- Becoming a specialist teacher
- Research-informed teaching and learning assessment
- Policy and professional issues.
Two years part-time. The course runs one evening per week, usually a Tuesday or Thursday from 6pm - 9pm.
Students can progress on to one of the more advanced degree courses run at the college, including the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development programme.
This programme is for people currently in the profession or those wishing to enhance their future career prospects. This includes specialising in a specific subject of your preference.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of Huddersfield University.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the College's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Students should hold a Degree if desiring to follow the postgraduate route, or Level 3 qualification in their subject area if they wish to follow the Certificate in Education route. Students should also have GCSE grade 4 or C or above in Maths and English, or equivalent.
Students are required to have a placement throughout the two years, supported by a mentor, and have a clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Rebecca started her career in teaching and learning as an NVQ assessor, supporting adult students to achieve qualifications in English, maths and ICT. Although she enjoyed assessing, it was the small teaching aspect of the job that Rebecca got the most fulfilment from so she moved into a role that enabled her to do this full-time. For the last three years she has worked as a functional skills tutor for a local charity and says that completing her course at Bishop Burton College has helped widen her role by giving her the knowledge she needed to develop her courses.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: The setting is very professional, with classrooms equipped with everything I needed. The LRC (Learning Resource Centre) was an invaluable resource, with very helpful staff available whenever I needed them. Communication with Student Services was also excellent.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: Meeting other professionals who share the same passion and learning from each other to become even better at what we do. Since completing the course I am much more confident about my teaching and find it even more enjoyable.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: My hopes for the future are to pass on my knowledge to others and share what I have learned with my colleagues. I would also like to progress onto the BA (Hons) course in education at the College at some stage.