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Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service

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Teacher Training


Level 5

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2 years

Start Date

September 2024

The course

Are you already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) and looking to progress your career? This qualification will help you on your way.

The programe will give you the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. It allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area, alongside general teaching in the lifelong learning sector, and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work allowing you to put theory into practice.

It will challenge and support you to become an autonomous, self-regulating professional with a comprehensive, critical understanding of developments in the sector.

Teaching is a complex activity which depends on the ability to blend formal propositional knowledge with critical reflection and a range of personal attributes, skills and knowledge. The programme aims to provide a thorough grounding in all three of these elements, through learning and assessment activities which model good practice and support the development of trainee teachers. This includes achieving a critical understanding of learning, teaching and training in their social, political and philosophical contexts, but also specifically involves providing you with the opportunity to meet relevant professional standards, for example the standards for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector and the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education.

Course Information

  • Provide you with initial teacher education for the Lifelong Learning sector, which develops excellent practical skills underpinned by an understanding of the theoretical basis for practice.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding to plan, implement, assess and evaluate learning in own specialist area;
  • Enhance our practical skills in supporting and enabling learning, as well as your interpersonal skills associated with your intended/actual work role.
  • Cover inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, addressing issues of social justice.
  • Develop your commitment to, and critical understanding of, professional values, knowledge and skills.

Year 1

  • Research Informed Teaching
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher

Year 2

  • Being a Subject Specialist Teacher
  • Policy and Professional Issues

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment.

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

Qualifications at Level 3 or above, for example HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3/4 or other recognised professional qualification

Ability to demonstrate appropriate work experience in the area you wish to teach

In addition, you must also:

Provide confirmation of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Provide one satisfactory reference

Complete a satisfactory interview

Identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, you will have group seminars to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance your independent learning outside of the classroom.

The course is part-time over three terms, starting in September. It runs one evening a week, usually a Tuesday or Thursday, from 6pm - 9pm.

The course requires teaching hours of a minimum of 50 hours each year. Attendance at a two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield is required in the second year of the programme.

The programme requires 50 placement hours to be satisfactorily completed. The teaching practice hours will be undertaken within your workplace, supported by your identified work-based mentor.
The programme incorporates a variety of assessment methods across each academic year. The mix of assessments will seek to challenge and evaluate your knowledge, understanding and skills. Assessments for this programme may include written assignments, portfolios, practical assessments (observation of teaching) and a research project to present to conference in year two.
  • The location of your placement may require you to travel so please be aware of any associated travel costs.
  • A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning and completing assignments.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
  • If you decide to apply for QTLS status this will be an additional cost. You can find out more on the Society for Education and Training website.
Completion of this programme provides a foundation for further postgraduate study in the field of Lifelong Learning e.g. BA Education and Professional Development. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to proceed to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training. Your QTLS is full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector.
Upon successful completion of this programme you could gain employment in post-16 education in e.g. Further Education institutions, the prison service and voluntary sector community organisations.

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