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Education and Training, Introductory Certificate

Education and Training, Introductory Certificate

Level

Under-
graduate

Campus

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 Introductory Certificate in Education and Training is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the Further Education and Skills sector. This course is suitable for those who are new to teaching, and those who are already teaching (in-service) who has a limited role in teaching, training and tutoring, or where teaching /training is not the main part of your job. Focusing on reflective practice, the course will support you in developing links between educational theory and practical application in your teaching practice.

“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 Introductory Certificate usually takes up to one academic year

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Campus:

    Partner Institution

  • Award Type:

    Certificate

  • 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 2 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 30 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 Introductory 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:

What jobs could this lead to?

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 Certificate in Education and Training Introductory course at UCLan is for those wishing to teach in the Further Education ad Skills Sector where a wide range of teaching opportunities exist in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the National Health Service, the prison service, the police service and in private sector training organisations.

    The course 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.

    Teaching is a challenging but rewarding profession, one where you will use your enthusiasm and talents to really make a difference. Our courses will equip you to educate and influence your learners and help them fulfil their potential.

    The Certificate in Education and Training Preparatory is designed to give you a taster of teaching and prepare you to teach and is ideal for those who are not yet sure about teaching or do not yet have a teaching placement. It is the equivalent of the PTLLS qualification and also covers all the requirements of the new Award in Education and Training.

    The Certificate Teaching, Learning and Assessment Intermediate is suitable if you do not need a full teaching qualification such as the Cert Ed/PGCE, but would like to leave the way open to progress to the full award in the future. You need to be undertaking a full teaching role with 75 hours teaching commitment during the year.

    The Certificate in Education (Education & Training) course is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the Further Education and Skills Sector. The award is suitable if you are not a graduate but are a teacher/trainer undertaking a full teaching role with 75 hours teaching commitment per year of the two-year course (150 hrs in total).

    The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education & Training) is a parallel course to the Cert Ed, for prospective teachers who have an honours degree and wish to become fully qualified

    LEARNING ENVIRONMENT & ASSESSMENT:

    The course is delivered within the partner college network, where taught sessions, tutorials and workshops take place in supportive professional environment. Working with both the Course Team and your Subject Specialist Mentor you will quickly develop the tools to build professional knowledge and develop your teaching practice and confidence.

    Library facilities are available at each college and trainees also have access to online academic resources through the university which offers a wealth of excellent learning resources, extensive collections of information sources and access to expert help and advice.

    At the beginning of your course we carry out a detailed skills audit so we understand your particular development needs and can provide personalised support to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

    The course focuses on the theories of teaching and learning that underpin teaching, learning and assessment and you will have the opportunity to take part in discussions and give presentations, as well as exploring ideas about classroom management and lesson planning. With the support of your Subject Specialist Mentor you will begin to familiarise yourselves with the relevant resources and strategies for your subject,

    On the course you will participate in a combination of teaching, group activities and discussion, practical experience and independent research. Working alongside your fellow trainees you will be encouraged to share information, ideas, values and experience which will give you the opportunity to become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond.

    Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course which is supported by both the course team and your Subject Specialist Mentor. This combined support will enable you to develop the a range of reflective teaching and subject specialist skills that you will need for your future career. If you are not currently employed in a teaching role, a placement may be arranged by the College team who will guide you through the process. If available, placements will be at the College or a suitable school or institution in the locality of the College.
    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. We use a variety of assessment methods that are appropriate to the course and subject, and which suit different learners. This also helps to model the assessment methods that you can employ in your own teaching.

    There are four central components of assessment;

    • Your teaching practice portfolio will showcase your teaching knowledge and skills and your reflective practice, and demonstrate how you meet the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers
    • Four one hour observations of your teaching in each year of the part-time course or 8 in the single year of the full-time course
    • Assignments include a range of essays, case studies, reflective journals, traditional and multi-media presentations, a research project, a poster presentation and observations of other teachers
    • Your professionalism and professional conduct. Satisfactory completion depends on subject assignments, contribution to sessions, attendance, punctuality and all aspects of professional conduct
    Your work will be marked and assessed by the college team. The University of Central Lancashire and an external examiner moderate each course.

    You must successfully achieve all 4 components to be awarded the Certificate in Education and Training Introductory.

    ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

    Each college has its own teacher education tutors with a wide range of experience of teaching in the lifelong learning sector and of teacher education. These tutors are supported by the UCLan teacher education team, who manage and develop the programmes and provide continuing professional development for tutors.

    LEARNING OUTCOME & AIMS

    The aim of the The Certificate in Education and Training Introductory 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 and characteristics 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.



    Disclaimer

    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.

    Testimonials

    COMMENTS FROM TRAINEE TEACHERS IN VARIOUS COLLEGES IN 2012-14

    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."