Course Name: Level 5 Full Time Certificate in Education

Entry Requirements

- GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in English (or equivalent)

- Level 3 or equivalent in your intended subject specialism

- satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity

- a teaching practice placement of at least 100 hours in an appropriate context for full-time programmes or 40 hours in the first year and 60 in the second year for part-time programmes

- successful completion of a formal interview.

For entry requirements please visit Teesside University's website

What's Involved

The award is a generic programme for those who wish to teach in post-compulsory education settings. This course has been designed specifically to train teachers who wish to teach in lifelong learning sector educational settings, such as FE colleges and adult community settings.

The modules in this course will take you from preparing to teach through to more advanced practice skills.

You will learn in a variety of ways. Generally you will be taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. Sessions are supported via the virtual learning environment where you will access a range of resources to support the activities on the course.

The course has a substantial element of teaching practice, which is vital to your learning and development as a practitioner. In addition to this you will be encouraged to develop your teaching skills through observations of experienced practitioners, use of simulations and/or training classes and by watching good practice video footage. You will need a practice mentor who will support your time at placement and help you develop reflective practice skills as an aid to your learning and professional development. The course will also help to develop your employability skills. You must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice in an appropriate teaching environment.

We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. There is a wide range of topics including planning and assessment, meeting learners’ needs, learning and tutoring, curriculum design and innovation plus work-based experience.

You will study a range of modules which will take you from an introduction to teaching and learning through to more advanced practice skills. You will also study a range of wider issues which affect the lifelong learning educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance and your own personal and professional development needs.

For further information about individual modules please visit Teesside University’s website

Course Assessment Method

You are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals and teaching portfolios, and by observations of your teaching practice.

What's Next

On completion of the Introduction to Teaching and Learning module, you will have met the requirements for a threshold license to practice. Completion of the full certificate will enable you to apply for QTLS status.

Appropriate careers are practising in the full teaching role in Learning and Skills Sector educational contexts.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 19/20
Start Date: September 2019

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