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Certificate/Professional Certificate/Postgraduate Certificate, Level 5 / 6 / 7

Education (Lifelong Learning)

The Certificate in Education/Professional and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education are unique awards of the University of Huddersfield.

The Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings in the lifelong learning sector.

If you are currently teaching young people or adults these courses help you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and to explore creatively the professional opportunities open to you.

The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area with a significant amount of your learning happening whilst in placements, which is normally spread over 2-3 days depending on timetables. This structure of in-class study and teaching placement allows you to put theory into practice.

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You'll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and mentors. You'll be supported to develop the necessary skills to become an outstanding teacher.

You'll be taught through a wide range of teaching and learning methods and there's a wide range of assessment activity including the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, lectures and presentations. Observations are an integral part of the course and an online teaching portfolio is also required.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training, to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

There are two awards available:-

• Graduates normally work towards a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or, if appropriate a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma with some modules at Master’s level.

• Those with other appropriate qualifications may work towards a Certificate in Education (CertEd).

The structure of the programme is the same for both routes and participants on each work together for much of the course.

Both qualifications are structured around four 30 credit modules (two in each year) which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.

You will study four modules as part of this course. These are:

• Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This module aims to develop your understanding of how people learn in the Lifelong Learning Sector and of the role of assessment in enabling learning and achievement. It introduces theories and principles of learning and assessment and develops your

ability to apply research evidence in designing effective learning and assessment strategies and materials. It seeks to develop positive approaches to the management of group and individual behaviours and promotes an inclusive approach to teaching, learning and assessment. It introduces the role of key

transferable skills and the ways in which people learn English, Maths and digital skills. The module is assessed by means of a practical micro-teaching assignment and the design of an intervention, strategy, activity or resource, underpinned by an understanding of key principles of teaching, learning and


• Becoming a subject specialist tutor The module reviews your practice as a trainee teacher. It explores your teaching values, knowledge of your subject specialism, and your knowledge and understanding of how you're learning to teach. You'll have the opportunity to learn how to identify and respond to students’ needs, and how to use suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies to develop inclusive teaching and learning environments. You'll have the chance to evaluate your teaching effectiveness and develop as a reflective practitioner as well as engage in personal and professional development planning, against the appropriate Professional Standards, to recognise and develop relevant subject specialist knowledge, behaviours and skills. This will include further development of English, Maths and digital skills for you and

your students

• Being a subject specialist tutor. This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to your development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis subject specialist pedagogy. The module seeks to enhance your ability

to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by enabling you to develop critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and

creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice. The module is assessed through a Teaching Portfolio and a Conference Paper dealing with teaching and learning in the specialist subject

One optional module will be selected from:

Curriculum and Context

This module enhances critical understanding of policy and issues in curriculum development within lifelong learning. It will examine the impact of policy on curriculum practice, investigate factors driving curriculum change, and explore contemporary issues affecting curriculum design. The module encourages critical reflection and promotes an analytical and reflexive approach to understanding curriculum development and delivery in lifelong learning.

English as an Additional Language (EAL): Curriculum and Context

This module aims to enhance your critical understanding of English as an Additional Language (EAL) provision within lifelong learning. Including analysis of education and training policies and practices for EAL learners and their impact on curriculum development. The module focuses on effective strategies for supporting EAL learners' achievements and involves engaging with research to evaluate and improve professional practice.

SEND: Curriculum and Context

This module enhances your understanding of special educational needs and disability (SEN/D) provision and disability equality in lifelong learning. Including critical analysis of effective strategies for supporting SEN/D learners in both mainstream and specialist contexts. The module covers education reform, UK policy on post-16 SEN/D provision, and the impact of various policies on the SEN/D curriculum. You will use evidence to evaluate and improve professional practice.

EDI and Social Justice: Curriculum and Context

This module examines how lifelong learning can address inequity and disadvantage, introducing key frameworks for understanding equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Including a critique of the socio-political ideologies affecting curriculum design and implementation and analyse sector expectations regarding inclusion and equality. The module also explores how lifelong learning can broaden opportunities for diverse students and assesses key philosophical positions on inclusive education, prompting you to critically appraise your values in relation to inclusive practice.

Those who complete the Certificate in Education could proceed to the BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Development. Those who complete the PGCE may wish to progress to a Masters degree.

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment, or be willing to find a suitable placement, for a minimum of 250 hours of teaching related practice (at least 125 hours in any one year) in total over the 2 years. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances (please check with your local centre).

• For Post-graduate Certificate in education, you must have a UK first degree or equivalent related to your specialist area

• Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas

In addition, you must also have at the start of the course:

• GCSE or L2 equivalent in Maths and English

• Provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

• Provide one satisfactory reference

• Complete a satisfactory interview

• Identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism If you already hold a teaching qualification at level 4 or above or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching, you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning.

The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, public services or construction, engineering and

many other vocational areas. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

Selby College has a dedicated HE area, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely.

You will also have access to useful resources from the University of Huddersfield. Once registered, these will include your online e-portfolio Pebblepad and access to Summon, which is the University of Huddersfield's Library system.

Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development.

Observations of your teaching will be conducted by tutors and mentors (four per year) who will assess your skills and give feedback

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