Teaching Learning and Assessment, Intermediate Certificate

Teaching Learning and Assessment, Intermediate Certificate




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

Teaching is a rewarding, enjoyable and satisfying profession where you can make a real difference to students’ lives. The Further Education and Skills sector includes colleges, training providers, sixth forms, adult and community learning, prison education and apprenticeship provision. There are opportunities to teach a wide range of vocational courses and subjects that will help students of all ages to develop their skills and get jobs.

The Intermediate Certificate, Teaching, Learning and Assessment forms the first year of the two year PGCE/Certificate in Education programme, which is a full teaching qualification for the FE and Skills sector. The course is suitable for those who are new to teaching, and those who are already teaching (in-service) who have a full role in teaching, training and tutoring but do not need a full teaching qualification. For some teachers, the Intermediate Certificate may be considered by employers to be a sufficient qualification. Others may choose to take the Intermediate Certificate as a stepping stone to the full qualification.
The UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study in a range of colleges across the North West region.

“The partnership is a very open and engaging one in which all partners are equal and each contributes very effectively to the whole.” Ofsted, November 2015

  • Duration:

    The intermediate certificate usually takes one academic year

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  • Fees:

    Please contact the partner institution for information about fees

Entry Requirements

• You must be qualified to teach in a subject that is part of the Further Education and Skills Sector or Sixth Form Curriculum. Therefore, you will need a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
• 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or equivalent) to include English
• The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

Further Information

Where can I study part time?

The UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study in a range of colleges across the North West region. It is advisable to contact you preferred College to find out if they offer this particular course.

What subjects can I teach?

The Further Education and Skills sector offers a broad range of subjects, from hairdressing and beauty therapy, construction and engineering to public services, sport and catering. You need to have a L3 qualification in the subject you want to teach and be willing to develop your subject specialist skills and knowledge.

If you wish to teach maths or English (Functional Skills) up to GCSE level in the sector, you should consider the subject specialist course provided by Burnley College.

What does the course involve?

The course is comprised of three modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching in the very exciting and evolving Further Education and Skills Sector. The course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning together with methods of teaching, learning and assessment.

Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 75 hours of teaching over the duration of the Introductory Certificate.

Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course tutors and by a subject specialist mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. Your subject specialist mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of your curriculum subject.

“The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.” Ofsted, November 2015

How do I find a placement?

If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement but this is not always guaranteed. You will need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.

How will I be assessed?

Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In additional to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.

What does this course qualify me to do?

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector. 69% of our July 2014 graduates are now employed in the sector.
‘Employment rates for trainees leaving their courses in 2014 are high’ Ofsted November 2015.

The Intermediate Certificate offers a sound introduction to teaching, giving you an integrated overview of the theory and practice of teaching and aims to develop your knowledge and skills. Our suite of courses is designed to offer you the most appropriate level of qualification to best equip you to fulfil your current or future teaching role. Other courses available are:


We are proud of the depth, range and expertise of our college teams. Each college has its own team of teacher education tutors who have a wide range of experience of teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector and of teacher education. Our College teams are small enough to provide a personal approach to your learning and teaching needs, but large enough to offer a broad range of subjects and experiences. The knowledgeable, experienced, welcoming and supportive teams are committed to improving your practical teaching and academic attainment.

College teams are supported by the UCLan teacher education team, who manage and develop the course and provide continuing professional development for tutors.


The aim of the Certificate in Education (Education & Training) is to provide trainees with the professional practice and academic training required to become outstanding teachers, who can respond effectively to the learning needs of their learners.

The course is designed specifically to;

  • Prepare you for a career in teaching in the very exciting and evolving phase of Further Education and Skills Sector
  • Offer you a supportive, professional environment in which to develop your skills and gain valuable experience
  • Give careful consideration of the key concepts and principles of your subject area
  • Support you in developing strategies to manage classroom behaviour
  • Support you in developing the qualities, characteristics and skills of an outstanding teacher

Partner Institutions

The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.

Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Partner Institutions

This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):

* TBC - no recruitment but partner advertises course on their website





About the class sessions:

"Our tutor includes pictures and images to help us understand and remember. I have loved learning in this way and include this in my own sessions."

"Learning about deductive and inductive approaches really changed the way I think about teaching."

"Behavioural management discussion within the peer group is really helpful. We are all at the same level so we can discuss each other’s ideas."

"The lessons on ICT and resources have really developed my practice, using iPads, Nintendo DS, mobile technology, even in traditional A level classes."

"A variety of strategies were employed in the teaching sessions. On more than one occasion I used the same teaching method with my own students. It is these experiences which have informed the way that I now teach."

About teaching:

"Observations have been the most constructive and useful I have ever had."

"Action planning and creating personal goals after the observations is very helpful."

"The fact that we are teaching every week is very good, not teaching in blocks."

"Reflecting on my practice and valuing what I am doing is so helpful to my development."

"I spend less time in front of the board now; I am spending more time doing carousel activities to get learners involved."

"I’m incorporating greater differentiation now, and more inclusion."

"Through delivering a lesson, my subject knowledge is stronger now. I understand my subject more and I have a wider perspective."

"Good that we have made the transition to being a teacher who facilitates learning rather than ‘delivering’ it."

About support from staff:

"Moral support at challenging times, keeping myself and my learners safe."

"Great support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable and responsive."

"Staff support has really helped to increase my self-confidence."

"Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I have ever had."

"I believe that throughout the course I have made a journey which has definitely helped me develop as a better teacher and has enriched my learning and teaching."