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Certificate in Education (Education and Training)

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.

In a job where no two days are the same, teaching has many benefits and people commit to Teacher Training for a variety of reasons: to pass on their skills and passion for their subject, to inspire a new generation and to benefit from a rewarding career. This L5 Certificate in Education (Cert-Ed) course develops all the top 10 employability skills that are transferrable to any job, whether this is in or outside a traditional school, college or university. Whatever your individual reason for choosing Teacher Training, it is clear that great teaching changes lives for the better and, here at Myerscough, we commit to developing the most exceptional educators possible.

This qualification (the full award) is open to all in-service, pre-service and pre-employment teachers, trainers and tutors in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Successful completion of this programme will mean that you are a qualified teacher for the Further Education and Skills sector. Through a combination of innovative classroom sessions, dedicated 1:1 tutorials and constructive observations, our trainees receive the best support to ensure they reach their potential towards becoming outstanding teachers. At Myerscough, each student on the programme is valued and we want every trainee to feel they have the scope and support to realise their full potential. In short, choosing Myerscough means both first-rate results and an exceptional student experience.

Course modules

Year 1

Curriculum Design and Assessment

This module aims to develop a holistic approach to planning, teaching, learning and assessment, building on prior knowledge of learning and teaching domains, lesson planning techniques and the development of intuitive practices with regard to learning strategies, group dynamics and student motivation. The study of external and internal influences on curriculum development and design aims to support trainee teachers in creating schemes of work, session plans and resources that provide high quality learning experiences. The module also aims to develop the trainees’ skills in the design and use of assessment as a means for checking, promoting and deepening learning, while stretching learners to meet their full potential..

Preparation for Education and Training

This module is designed as an initial ‘toolkit’ for trainees wishing to commence a teaching career within the Further Education & Skills and Higher Education Sectors. All teaching strategies will aim to develop a confidence in trainees to undertake the role of teaching and develop informed reflection that will help to shape their own actions. Personal research and collection of data around teaching and learning is introduced through the observation of practitioners away from the classroom setting and production of observation reports. The keeping of a professional journal to capture critical learning moments and learning while on the module is an important part of the module process. Trainees’ prior knowledge and experience of teaching will be assessed in order to provide differentiated activities to promote learning for all.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Trainees will be prepared for basic classroom management and delivery of learning through developing skills in a broad range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies. This module will also deal with the application of resources used by trainees in preparing and facilitating learning with their groups. Trainees will examine all aspects of the learning and teaching cycle in relation to their own practice. They will also focus on the importance of functional skills for their learners and be introduced to the appropriate embedding of support for these within their subject area.

Year 2

Practitioner Research: An Action Research Approach

This module aims to build on an understanding of professional practice created in earlier modules Action Research as an approach is explored together with qualitative data collection methods. Understanding the need for, and effecting change is an important role for practitioner research and this module allows learners the opportunity to undertake a piece of small scale Action Research into their own practice and draw conclusions from the evaluation of data collected.

Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The aim of the module is to continue to develop the link between educational theory and its practical application in teaching placements, in order to enable trainees to develop towards their full potential as successful teachers. There is a focus on the continued development of differentiation for meeting the needs of all learners and on inclusive practice, which will provide trainees with the skills to successfully promote learning for a range of learners with a variety of needs and backgrounds. The module also aims to enable trainees to broaden their view of the sector, by working with and observing their peers in other teaching settings and by reflecting on and evaluating practice in terms of its ability to facilitate inclusive learning for all students.

Wider Perspectives in Education and Training

The aim of this module will be to address wider perspectives in education and training and the content will be expected to change and develop in response to current concerns. However, there will remain a constant core of themes central to the national debate and these will include the identification of significant aspects of government legislation, policy and control; management strategies and styles; funding and performance indicators; quality assurance and inspection; unemployed youth and vocationalism; innovations in curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment; access to education.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

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 Skills 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 and above, or equivalent, to include English.

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, or 150 hours of teaching placement for the full time award. In some circumstances, a voluntary teaching placement may also be possible for part time trainees.

5. Trainees must have a current full DBS disclosure prior to commencing the course.

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 roles

Colleges have a limited number of placements available within the college itself, and applicants will be selected for these at an interview. The college will do what they can to assist with finding other placements but this cannot be guaranteed. If you find your own suitable placement, this will be checked by your college.

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. This may impact on the acquisition of a suitable teaching practice placement and therefore additional time must be factored for this.

Applicants also need to demonstrate at interview and through references that they have the potential to become a good teacher. If you have non-standard qualifications please contact the college course leader to enquire about equivalences.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and teaching practice. This course makes the most of the extensive College facilities on site allowing trainees to practice in an environment that is realistic for them. Trainees will also be expected to practice within their own declared teaching establishment. Trainees will be expected to undertake independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and teaching practice will form an important part of the course.

This course makes the most of the new Higher Education accommodation, College library and Virtual Learning Environment.

Although you are undertaking the programme at a franchised centre, you are enrolled as a student at the University of Central Lancashire and have the same entitlements as a student attending the University's Preston Campus including access to the Library and Learning Resources Service, Student Services, Student Loans and membership of the Student Union, etc.


The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used on the programme are varied and dependent upon active participation and interaction within groups. There are no examinations, so assessment is continuous and is based upon the completion of appropriate assignments, the observation of your teaching and the general gathering together of evidence to demonstrate that the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (ETF 2014) have been achieved. This evidence must be collated in your Teaching Practice Portfolio which contains the various proformas required for logging your evidence of experience and learning and for reflecting on the achievement.

There are three integrated aspects of assessment on the programme:

· Teaching practice – assessed through teaching observations and the development of a teaching practice portfolio

· Coursework assignments – assessed by the course tutors. No assignments are graded: all are assessed on a pass or refer basis. Details are shown in the table below.

· Professionalism – assessed through your participation in classroom activities, performance in teaching and general attitude and approach to your role as a trainee teacher.

In addition to meeting the module learning outcomes, trainee teachers are required to meet the attendance requirements of the programme and all of the Professional Standards (ETF) and part 2 of the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards. Professionalism is assessed throughout the programme.

What work experience can I get?

An essential component of the part time CertEd is a teaching placement where you are preparing and teaching lessons to learners aged 16+. You need 150 hours of teaching for the CertEd. In cases where the quality, quantity or breadth of the teaching is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme, you may need to carry out some additional teaching. You may be able to complete part of your placement with 14-16 year olds. You will need to attend your placement for several hours a week. This will include experience of the other aspects of a teacher’s role as well as actual teaching.


Once you are qualified as a teacher you can apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status, through the Society for Education and Training. (See section 1 above).

There are opportunities at UCLan to continue your studies in the subject of Education, within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Certificate in Education holders can ‘top up’ to a BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Studies. The Cert Ed gives you credits that count for half of the degree programme.

PGCE holders can progress to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Education and then to a Master’s in Education. The PGCE gives you credits for half of the Post Graduate Diploma.


In the UK alone there are around 220,000 job opportunities in the Lifelong Learning Sector in FE colleges, adult and community education, work-based learning, the National Health Service and the Prison Service – catering for around 4 million students. This course teaches you to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning within this ever growing post-compulsory education sector.

Professional accreditations

As a trainee teacher, you are preparing for a professional role and need to behave as a professional throughout your course. All course applicants are expected to sign a ‘Trainee Conduct and Professionalism Agreement’ at the start of the programme (See Appendix 3 of the application form). In addition, you are expected to adhere to the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards (part 2 personal and professional conduct) and may be subject to the University’s Fitness to Practise process if there are concerns regarding your professionalism or behaviour.

Special requirements

Additional Costs that are mandatory for this course:

DBS requirements: Your placement will require you to have an up to date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. The current cost of this is £44 for an enhanced check. If you are already employed as a teacher this will already have been done by your employer.

Travel to and from your placement and observations of peers and other teachers is at your own cost.

Teaching materials: If you are a pre-service trainee (on a voluntary placement) you may be allocated a photocopying allowance at your placement setting, but many trainees find that they need to supplement this themselves.

Additional costs that are optional for this course:

Through the Looking Glass: The Partnership produces a professional academic publication of trainees’ Action Research reports annually. This is a valuable opportunity for trainees to have their work published and copies cost approx. £8. It is also a useful learning resource for you, when you carry out your own research.