Certificate in Education and Training, Introductory

This course is validated by: University of Central Lancashire
Award: Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Code: EH2021A13
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Approved by: University of Central Lancashire
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
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This Certificate in Education, Introductory, lasts up to 24 weeks in duration, is approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the teaching or training of students aged 16+. The course was formerly known as the CTLLS qualification (Certificate to Teach in the Life Long Learning sector) but has been redesigned to include themes around employability and preparing you for your new career in education.

This course can be used as an extension to Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory or the Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning sector (PTLLS) qualification, or as an award in its own right. It is ideal for anyone who has a limited role in teaching, training and tutoring where teaching/training is only part of your job. This could include working with prepared training materials and delivering single subject training programmes. As such the course is ideal for people who might wish to work as Training Advisors and Assessors rather than full teachers or lecturers.

Successful achievement of the qualification will result in you being awarded the Introductory Certificate in Education and Training.

What will I study?

During the programme you will look and how to plan and prepare teaching and learning, as well as supporting the skills of learners and implementing effective teaching strategies. You'll also look at how to assess work and give feedback and how to manage an inclusive learning environment and promote reflective thinking through your classes.

The programme is delivered through a variety of methods, which encourage those on the course to link theory and practice. Learners are encouraged to become reflective practitioners and you will be required to keep a journal which records your own development. You will explore educational theories, learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate and consider teaching & learning for a range of groups and individuals. A minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice is integral to the programme and through this you demonstrate how your own understanding of the principles of teaching and learning is developing. During the programme you will also undertake four observations of experienced teachers and evaluate their lessons - highlighting areas for improvement as well as best practice examples. Throughout the programme you will be assigned a mentor who will be there to guide you, offering their experience and support to enable you to achieve the qualification.

This a 2 module University award and each module carries 20 credits.

  • Preparation for Education and Training
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The two modules run parallel to teaching practice and a minimum of 30 hours of teaching practice (paid or unpaid) is required in addition to the taught modules.

Download the Programme Specification for further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.


Entry Requirements

You will need a Level 3 qualification (such as A-Levels) or recognised level 3 vocational qualification in the area that you wish to go on to teach in. You will need to have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A-C) including at least a grade C in English Language. You will be expected to have a keen interest in teaching and learning. You will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check in order to enter the programme. 

Once you have applied for the course you may be invited to an interview. The interview will be assessed and will require you to produce a short task (of about 500 words) to be brought with you to your interview. You will also need to conduct a 5 minute presentation in which we will assess your skills in presenting and organisation as well as ICT Skills and confidence levels. Full details of the interview will be sent to you once we have received your application.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the production of a teaching practice portfolio (including 4 observations of an experienced teacher), presentations, written assignments, the production of a journal and mini and micro teaching.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Successful achievement of the Introductory Certificate will confirm your suitability to work in some parts of the post compulsory sector. You may choose to continue your own professional development and work towards PGCE (Education & Training) / CertEd (Education & Training) if your circumstances allow this. Your tutor will be happy to discuss this with you.

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"The programmes model good practice in their use of a wide range of assessment methods, including written assessments, practical teaching, posters, action research, peer observation and reflective writing."

External Examiners Report 2014/15