Certificate in Education

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Part Time
  • Awarding Body
    University of Plymouth
  • Cost
    £ 3900.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    This nationally-recognised course dramatically enhances your employability as a teacher. It leads to the award of Certificate in Education at NQF Level 5 by University of Plymouth. This course also has the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) embedded into its structure.


    On successful completion it provides the opportunity to achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status in the Further Education and Skills Sector.


    As part of the entry requirements you will need to provide evidence of appropriate professional practice - minimum of 100 hours direct teaching practice, plus 30 hours additional professional practice over the duration of the course. This should be in a role that carries the full range of teaching responsibilities, whether on a full-time, part-time, fractional, fixed term, temporary or voluntary basis in the Further Education and Skills Sector.


    The modules studied may include:


    • Learning, Teaching & Assessment
    • Theories of Learning & Managing Behaviour
    • Curriculum & Society
    • Wider Practice & Professional Development

  • Teaching and Assessment

    A variety of interactive teaching and learning methods are used to engage all learners and provide a stimulating HE learning environment. For example – classroom-based sessions, small and large group work, class discussions, seminars and individual tutorials. Learning technologies are also used where appropriate to offer innovation and creativity.


    Each module is assessed by a written assignment as well as the submission of a professional teaching portfolio evidencing your personal development and observations of your teaching practice.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will have:

    • Access to appropriate professional practice in the education or training sector for a minimum of 100 hours over the academic year (for example 3.5 hours a week of teaching or training for 30 weeks)
    • Access to regular mentor support in your specialist area is desirable
    • English and Maths GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 or A* to C, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification, are desirable
    • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in your specialist area – relevant professional, industrial or commercial experience will be considered if formal qualifications are not available or relevant