Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory

This course is validated by: University of Central Lancashire
Award: Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Code: EH2020A13
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Approved by: University of Central Lancashire
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
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This Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory, is a short course, approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is designed to provide a basic introduction to teaching or training adults aged 16+. The course was formerly known as the PTLLS qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning sector).

The course lasts for 10 weeks (you will study for 3 hours a week) and is designed to give you a taster of what teaching is like and prepare you to teach. It introduces you to how to plan and deliver sessions, theories of learning, assessment strategies, working with individuals and groups and many aspects of teaching students aged 16+.

It is a nationally recognised certificate which stands independently but is also acts as introductory module for those who may wish to progress onto an Introductory Certificate in Education and Training or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Our course is set at Level 4 which is an Introductory Higher Education level. You may choose to think of this short course as a ‘taster’ if you are thinking about a career in teaching but are not yet sure it is for you.

For those starting the course in the Academic year 2017/18, the course will be charged at £933.

For those starting the course in the Academic year 2018/19, the course will be charged at £1,075.

This amount will be payable at enrolment. There are various opportunities to join the programme throughout the year and the next available entry points will be discussed with you at interview.

What will I study?

The programme is presented through a variety of methods, to allow you to experience different styles of teaching and learning.

In the programme you will learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate learners and learning. You will explore educational theory, reflect on your practice and keep a diary of your own development.

You will be introduced to principles of learning and theorists and will have the opportunity to present to your peers, evaluate your own effectiveness and give feedback to others.

As part of this short programme you will not undertake any teaching practice hours but you must be able to complete two observations of experienced teachers and make recommendations for improvement as well as highlighting areas of good practice.

This is a single module which carries 20 credits at Undergraduate Level. Successful achievement will award the Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory (PET) at level 4. This module will be accredited towards further awards, for those who are teaching or training in the Lifelong Learning sector.

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

To join the programme you’ll need a recognised level 3 qualification in the vocational area you may wish to teach in which will then enable you, if you wish to go on to teach, to have a specialism in a particular area. Alternatively you may have A-Levels. You will be expected to have at least 5 GCSEs grades A-C, including a grade C or above in English Language.

Once you have applied we invite all applicants to join an informal interview which will be your opportunity to ask more questions about the programme.

We expect you to have a keen interest in teaching and learning in the post 16 education sector. You do not need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check for this qualification but it is often advisable if you feel you may wish to move on to other qualifications afterwards. 

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed by two written essays, a one hour (class-based) teaching practice portfolio, two observations of an experienced teacher, a group presentation and the production of a learning journal.

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?

This is a nationally recognised certificate which stands independently but is also acts as introductory module for those who may wish to progress onto Certificate in Education and Training, Introductory or PGCE (Education & Training) / CertEd (Education & Training). The latter of these qualifications will enable you to become fully qualified as a teacher or a lecturer in the post-16 sector. 

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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