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This course leads to qualified teacher status in the Further Education and Skills sector. It is a level 7 qualification and is designed for those who intend to take on a full teaching role, having responsibility for students throughout the learning process and engaging in teaching at a range of academic levels within their subject specialism.

Course details

The Certificate in Education is primarily for those who want to teach in Further Education and sixth form. The aim of the course is to prepare trainees to teach in a range of contexts in the further education and skills sector. Trainees are expected to attend a placement that includes at least 150 teaching hours over the two years (75 hours per year). Trainees are also expected to undertake other department duties such as taking part in meetings, answering queries, and planning and preparation for classes.

There are 6 units across the two years. The modules are as follows:

Year 1

  • Preparation for Education and Training (Level 4)
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 4)
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment (Level 5)

Year 2

  • Action Research: Deconstructing Practice (Level 7)
  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 6)
  • Contemporary Issues in Education (PGCE) (Level 7)

Students will receive timetables of study and assessment calendar in their course handbooks upon enrolling to the course.

Entry guidelines
  • An honours degree (Applicants who do not have a degree should enrol on the Certificate in Education programme (see separate information course code B109).
  • Five GCSEs at C/4 and above or equivalent as a minimum qualification, to include English and maths
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English
  • A level 3 (QCF) qualification in your teaching subject specialism, if other than your degree
  • A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 150 teaching hours over the two years (75 hours per year)
  • Evidence of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check)

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

The assessment on this course is continuous and based upon demonstrating evidence of meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (ETF 2014). There are three aspects of assessment:

  • Teaching practice: Assessed through observation of teaching practice to include 8 successful observations (4 per year), and the development of a teaching practice portfolio.
  • Coursework assignments: You will complete a variety of assignments including academic essays, presentations both poster presentations and group presentations.
  • Professionalism: Assessed through participation in class activities, performance in teaching and professional attitude. This includes evidence that you are meeting professional standards.

The University of Central Lancashire and an external examiner moderate each course

Additional Information

On achieving the PGCE, trainee teachers will be able to apply for full membership of the IfL (Institute for Learning) to begin the process of achieving Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please see the following website for further information on QTLS:

Application process: Upon application you will be asked to complete the UCLan application form and provide a CV at interview.

Placements: There are a limited number of placements within the college and these are allocated through a curriculum interview to assess the suitability of your qualifications and experience with the department needs. Placement within the college cannot be guaranteed and as such early applications are recommended. External placements may be suitable and staff will do what they can to assist you with finding other placements, these will need to be checked for suitability.

Where can I progress to?

Two modules of the PGCE course are at Masters level (Level 7 of the QCF) and provide 40 credits which may be used towards a further postgraduate qualification such as the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice and the MEd, as well as the Post Graduate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Framework at the University of Central Lancashire.

While it is not a school teaching qualification there may be employment opportunities in some schools for Post Graduate Certificate holders, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects. Once you have graduated you can apply for QTLS status.

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When does this course run?


For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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