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Certificate in Education in Further Education and Skills Level 5 (part-time)

Course Overview

If you are considering a career teaching in further education colleges, adult and community education, work-based training, and public sector organisations, our programme helps you develop the required skills, knowledge, and professional values to achieve this. With a large proportion of your time on this course spent within a placement setting, you have the chance to gain real-world experience, preparing you for a ful?lling and rewarding career.

On completion of this course, you can apply to undertake the professional formation process to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Key features of the course;

  • Bene?t from highly skilled and quali?ed tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector. Spend at least two days a week on placement in a further education and skills setting.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and potentially go on to ?nd employment within the organisations you work with during your placement.
  • Demonstrate innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout your time on the programme and benefit from the way education for sustainable development is embedded in the programme.
  • Work closely with your fellow trainees, learning together and from one another, with peer-support is an important part of the programme’s philosophy and organisation.

Units of study/what is involved

The current units are (please note that the programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change):

  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Subject Specialist Teaching and Managing the Learning Environment
  • Teaching and the Curriculum
  • Professional Practice

Course Overview

Course Overview

If you are considering a career teaching in further education colleges, adult and community education, work-based training, and public sector organisations, our programme helps you develop the required skills, knowledge, and professional values to achieve this. With a large proportion of your time on this course spent within a placement setting, you have the chance to gain real-world experience, preparing you for a ful?lling and rewarding career.

On completion of this course, you can apply to undertake the professional formation process to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Key features of the course;

  • Bene?t from highly skilled and quali?ed tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector. Spend at least two days a week on placement in a further education and skills setting.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and potentially go on to ?nd employment within the organisations you work with during your placement.
  • Demonstrate innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout your time on the programme and benefit from the way education for sustainable development is embedded in the programme.
  • Work closely with your fellow trainees, learning together and from one another, with peer-support is an important part of the programme’s philosophy and organisation.

Units of study/what is involved

The current units are (please note that the programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change):

  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Subject Specialist Teaching and Managing the Learning Environment
  • Teaching and the Curriculum
  • Professional Practice

Assessment

Assessment Methods

You are expected to complete four 30-credit modules and ten teaching observations. As a full-time trainee you are committed to a Monday-to-Friday week of academic and professional study, consisting of two full days per week of on-campus study, a minimum of at least two days per week of professional practice placement and one day per week of independent study and research.

You will work closely with your colleagues on the programme, learning together and from one another, with peer support playing an important part of the programme organisation and learning. Your teaching observations are carried out by course tutors and subject-specialist mentors in an atmosphere of professional evaluation and support.

The course is assessed through a range of methods including; written coursework, professional portfolio development, 150 hours mandatory teaching practice, observed practice, a viva (orally discussed assessment).

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

On completion of the course, subject specific teaching within the FE (colleges and sixth forms) or Skills Sector (including independent training providers, NHS, social work, local councils, prison service) is the most likely progression outcome.

Entry Requirements

The Certificate in Education is available to those who do not hold a bachelors or masters degree.

There is no requirement for a relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification for the Certificate in Education course. There is a requirement for Maths and English at Level 2 or above. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS who provide an advisory service or ENIC who provide a “comparability statement” service. We welcome applicants with international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows:

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all four elements, or accepted equivalent English qualification as listed on our English language requirements.
  • You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

Non-academic requirements

  • An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme. The first stage interview is conducted by a member of the teaching team. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement.
  • You’ll be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.
  • You must be deemed fit to teach.

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University Centre Somerset does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Entry onto these programmes is conditional on a suitable placement and mentor being secured prior to course commencement.

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