This is a part-time (normally two years) in-service (whilst teaching) Initial Teacher Education training course, for the Lifelong Learning Sector, leading to a professional qualification in further, higher and adult education and training. For those employed in the Lifelong Learning Sector, it can lead to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. The course is awarded by the University of Huddersfield and is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
University of Huddersfield
Year 1 (Level 4):
– Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment (30 credits)
– Becoming a Subject Specialist (30 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5):
– Being a Subject Specialist (30 credits)
– Policy and Professional Issues (30 credits)
The course is structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students’ work and evaluating learning and teaching. Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment and to your career development.
Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. You have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors, as a vehicle for your development.
A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, micro-teach, observations of teaching and learning, reflective blogs and oral presentations. All assessments allow students to reflect on practice and make relevant links to theory and to develop key employability skills.
If you are applying for the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) course you should have HNC, Foundation Degree, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3-4, or professional qualifications and significant work experience in the area you teach.
You are normally required to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching practice may be acceptable.
You are required to identify a work-based mentor who can guide you in your subject specialism and who is willing to undertake a short (1-2 hours) training course.
For those employed in the learning and skills sector it can lead to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status after professional formation through the Institute for Learning (ETF) or HEA accreditation. This course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those working, or intending to work, in schools.