About the In-Service Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) programme
These courses offer an In-Service (ie for those already teaching) programme to develop the appropriate skills for designing and delivering learning, assessing student progress and evaluating course quality.
Students will develop academic knowledge and its application to teaching practice in a variety of contexts. The programme is one of continuing professional development for serving teachers and trainers.
These programmes lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for those teaching in appropriate contexts. They do not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those intending to teach in schools.
However, since 1 April 2012, further education teachers who have been awarded QTLS by the Institute for Learning (IfL) and are members of the IfL are recognised as qualified teachers in schools.
This will allow them to be appointed to permanent posts in state maintained schools in England and they will be paid on the qualified teachers’ pay scale. It will be for the schools and local authorities to decide whether a teacher with QTLS is suited for a post and to teach a particular subject.
The minimum qualification you need to gain entry to the course is at Level 3 or 4 in the subject(s) that you intend to teach. Normally, the qualification you need to teach your subjects would meet these requirements. Applicants must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent) before attending for interview. Those wishing to enter the Professional and Postgraduate Certificate in Education routes must hold a UK first degree (or equivalent).
All applicants must have a minimum of 100 paid teaching hours over the two years of the programme with no less than 50 hours in any one year. Applicants will also need to provide an appropriate reference and have completed an appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. (This will normally have been carried out by your employer). All applicants will need a workplace mentor; normally a qualified and experienced colleague teaching the applicant’s subject. Guidance will be offered relating to the role of the workplace mentor.
What you will learn
Principles and Practice in Post Compulsory Education
Practical Teaching and Learning
Exploring Specialist Teaching
Advanced Professional Practice in Context ;
Certificate in Education is studied at levels 4 and 5;
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is studied at levels 5 and 6;
Postgraduate Certificate in Education is studied at levels 6 and 7.
Learning & Teaching Methods
You will learn the fundamentals of teaching practice and theory and will be able to structure and deliver your own schemes of work and lessons in your specialist field. You will learn how to reflect and evaluate in order to further develop your teaching practice.
The course requires approximately 1200 hours of teaching and learning combining workshops, seminars and group work, on-line support, peer observation and 1:1 tutorials, directed reading, collaboration with peers, independent study and reflection, module assignments, tutor observation and feedback, work based practice and mentor support.
The programme is designed to develop academic knowledge and its application to teaching practice in a variety of contexts. The programme is one of continuing professional development for serving teachers and trainers. Our last Ofsted inspection rated the department as ‘outstanding’.