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Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) In Service

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).

**Please note: This qualification is not suitable for primary or secondary school teaching.

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The teacher education team also provide a range of guest speakers to broaden the experiences of trainees through a CPD programme. Delivery is complemented by the use of G-Suite for education applications including Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Hangouts. Part time students are expected to spend at least one to two hours per week supplementing their studies via resources on our Virtual Learning Environment Google Classroom.
Students are expected to attend both the University Centre and their teaching placement each week.

Placement / Workplace
In-service students are currently expected to be working in a relevant teaching position or arrange their own teaching placement in a lifelong learning sector organisation but we are developing an internal programme of placements at our Hub Campus so if you are having trouble finding a placement then please let us know. Placements may include further education colleges, sixth form colleges, external higher education, adult and community learning, offender learning or private training. Your placement/workplace will be discussed at interview to ensure suitability.

Course Information

  • Course Level

    Level 5

  • Awarding Body

    University of Huddersfield

  • Delivery


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A total of four modules will be covered over the duration of the post 16 teacher training programme. These are currently:

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)

Throughout each module there is an emphasis on national priority areas such as behaviour management, embedding Math’s and English, transferable skills and employability, equality and diversity issues, inclusion and SEN and new and emerging technologies.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time

Module Assessment
We currently assess modules through a wide range of assessments including a microteach, essays, presentations, video presentations and essays, seminar papers, critical reviews and reflective accounts.

Mentor in the Placement / Workplace
The Cert Ed/PGCE course requires you to have a subject specialist mentor in your placement/workplace. They will be expected to have regular meetings with you, carry out lesson observations and provide you with areas for development during your placement.

Lesson Observations
Alongside the lesson observations carried out by your mentor, your Cert Ed/PGCE tutor will also carry out formal observations of your teaching during the year to support and develop your teaching practice.

Portfolio of Work
Over the course of your studies, you are expected to compile a portfolio of work through the G-suite for education platform with support from the course team. This Practical Teaching File forms part of your final Ofsted grade awarded to you at the end of the course.

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.

Candidates will be required to undergo an initial core competencies assessment and applicants will also be required to produce a personal statement in addition to completing an application form.

For in-service students a copy of a workplace DBS is required.

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.


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via telephone or emailing us.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities

If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information about our course fees and available financial support, visit our Higher Education Fees and Finance section

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details