Teaching Learning and Assessment, Intermediate Certificate

Teaching Learning and Assessment, Intermediate Certificate




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

Teaching is an interesting and rewarding profession - , one where you will use your enthusiasm and talents to really make a difference.  This qualification will start to prepare you to teach in the post- 14 Further Education (FE) and Skills sector, which includes FE colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the NHS, offender learning, the Police service and in private sector training organisations.  

This Intermediate Certificate will not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), however, there are opportunities to work in secondary schools, including academies and free schools after completing this Intermediate Certificate, especially if you complete professional formation and gain Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The course It is particularly suitable if you do not need a full teaching qualification such as the Certificate in Education/PGCE, but would like to take a qualification that leaves the way open to progress to the full award in the future.   It is suitable for those who are already teaching (in-service) as well as those who are new to teaching.  For in-service applicants, it is advisable to check with your employer as to whether or not this course’s target qualification meets the requirements of your job role.

The Certificate: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Intermediate comprises the first 3 modules of the 6-module Certificate in Education or PGCE – nationally recognised qualifications for teachers, trainers and tutors in the FE and Skills Sector and the UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of a range of Colleges across the North West region.  This will give you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field as you start your training towards being a teacher.

You will be introduced to classroom fundamentals and important theories about teaching and learning, and your tutors will model inspirational teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching.

You will learn about teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing your practical and academic skills through reflective practice.

Your teaching placement is an essential feature of the programme and you will work closely with your course tutor and subject specialist mentor both of whom will observe you teaching and help you to develop your practice and skills.

The FE and Skills sector offers a broad range of subjects, from hairdressing and beauty therapy, construction and engineering to public services, sport, travel and tourism and hospitality and catering.

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    The intermediate certificate is a part-time course that usually takes one academic year.

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Entry Requirements

  • You must be qualified to teach on a subject that is part of the FE and Skills Sector or Sixth Form Curriculum. Therefore, you will need at least a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C (or equivalent) to include English
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

Those applicants aspiring to teach English or maths will have to complete an additional entry assessment to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills.  Please allow extra time for this as the additional entry assessment will take longer to complete and process than a standard application.

Further Information

Course Content

The course is comprised of three3 modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching in the very exciting and ever 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.  You will also learn about the underpinning educational theory to support your teaching practice and professional development.

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 mediate 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.

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 may need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.

As part of the last Ofsted inspection of this provision in 2015 Ofsted said “The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.”

Highlights of the Course

  • Highly qualified and highly supportive teaching teams
  • Excellent balance of practical and theoretical elements which enables trainee teachers to continuously reflect and improve on what they do
  • 69% of our July 2017 PGCE graduates are now employed in the FE and Skills sector. The national benchmark for graduates employed in the sector after completing their qualification is 60%.
  • Opportunities to study and train to be a teacher at one of 14 UCLan partner colleges across Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.


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 addition to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.

Progression routes

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector, 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 Intermediate Certificate is primarily for those wishing to work with the 14+ age group and job roles include trainer, assessor, instructor, demonstrator, mentor, and pastoral mentor.  Institutions have their own qualification requirements and you are advised to check with your employer as to whether this target qualification is suitable for your current/future role.

Whilst this qualification is for those who aspire to teach in the FE and Skills sector, there are now employment opportunities in some schools, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects.

This qualification does not confer QTS.  If you progress to successfully complete the full PGCE or Certificate in Education, you can then apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation which will enable you to be employed as a qualified teacher in a secondary school, academy or free school.

How to Apply

Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found on the right under ‘Partner Institutions’.

Related Courses

If you find that the Intermediate Certificate isn’t for you, you might want to consider one of UCLan’s other Initial Teacher Education courses, including:

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.


Comments from trainee teachers in various colleges

About class sessions

"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 about information technology and resources have really developed my practice, using iPads, Nintendo DS, mobile technology, even in traditional A level classes."

“Our taught sessions are fun and active.”

“Classes are always stimulating and challenging.”

“Tutors are really positive and have strong subject knowledge.”

“We get ideas for different teaching approaches and resources and feel our tutors model best practice.”

“It’s good to have been able to share experiences in class with other trainee teachers who teach different subjects in different placements.”

About teaching

“Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I’ve ever had.”

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

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

"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."

“Training classes and placement “feed into each other”.

“I’ve learned so much in one year - it physically helps me to do the job – I can pick up the strategy and use it in my lessons.”

“I’ve got lots of new and useful ideas about embedding maths and English skills – from the course, my peers and my mentor.”

“I feel the course is preparing me well to be a teacher.”

About support

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

"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."

“If we feel a bit down, they pick us up and we wouldn’t have made it to now without them.”

“My confidence and self-esteem have rocketed.”