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 An award of the University of Huddersfield.

  • This course information guide relates to the part-time format of the programme. If you wish to study part-time follow this link and apply via the University of Huddersfield
  • The course is also taught full time. If you wish to study this course full-time, follow this link to apply via UCAS. The course code is  X34X.


If you are currently teaching young people or adults this course helps you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and creatively explore the professional opportunities open to you. The course is designed for teaching and training in the lifelong learning (education and training) sector, including Sixth Form, further, higher and adult education, community and youth services, the health and uniformed services, and private trainers and large organisations with their own training departments. It also includes provision for teaching 14 to 16-year-olds in some subjects. Current trainees include people with expertise in business management, communications, computing, construction, engineering, English, health and social care, hospitality, learning difficulties and disabilities, leisure, maths, media, NHS training, Police and Fire Service training and social sciences. However, all subject areas will be considered.

This course also provides a route to teaching in schools via Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), the full professional status for teachers in Lifelong Learning (Education and Training). Since 2012 holders of QTLS have been recognised as qualified to teach in secondary schools. The course is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and creates a direct route to Fellowship for candidates teaching at Level 4 or above.

Duration and Attendance

The part-time course is normally completed in two years; however, in exceptional circumstances it may be completed in one year depending on previous experience, with credit awarded for prior learning or appropriate alternate qualifications such as DTLLS part one. There is a requirement of three hours attendance (one evening 6-9pm) each week, plus additional tutorial time. You will also need to allow additional time for private reading and research, and for preparation for assessment. You should normally be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details.

Entry Requirements

You should normally be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details.

The following additional requirements apply:

  • Certificate in Education applicants
  • You should have a qualification at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3 or above in the area that you teach (for example, A-Levels, HNC, HND, CGLI advanced, NVQ Level 3-4), and relevant work experience.
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education applicants
  • You should hold a UK first degree or equivalent and relevant work experience where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at NVQ/QCF Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in if this is different from that of your degree.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education applicants
  • You should hold a UK first degree at 2.1 or above or equivalent and relevant work experience where appropriate to the subject. You should also hold a qualification at NVQ/QCF Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in if this is different from that of your degree.

  • Why Choose York College?

    There are a number of reasons for choosing York College to study your teacher-training course. We have a practice based model where the majority of your time is spent with your subject team. Trainees are also fully embedded into the life of the college meaning they can adapt as quickly as possible and learn vital skills. We also offer great opportunities to develop your skills in a second subject area and teaching opportunities are available to work within a large FE college environment, from entry to degree level.

    Further information

    Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly Criminal Records Bureau) clearance checks

    Learning and teaching organisations normally include young and vulnerable people and it is therefore important that screening is undertaken to help ensure a safe environment. As this is an in-service course, your employer (or voluntary placement provider) is responsible for ensuring that you are a fit and proper person to undertake the work that they employ you for. The College does not therefore normally undertake checks on those applying (though it reserves the right to do so). However, as part of the application process you will need to provide the date of your most recent DBS check and the associated reference number.

    If you are self-employed as a teacher/trainer, it is your responsibility to arrange for an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service and to provide evidence that you have done so. Guidance can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/. There is a fee which must be paid by the applicant (£44 at October 2014). At the end of the CertEd/PGCE application form, there is a declaration that you must sign to confirm you have clearance.

    Health check

    As this is an in-service course, your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are fit to undertake the job you are employed for. The College therefore does not normally undertake health checks (but reserves the right to do so).

    Evidence of qualifications

    You must provide evidence of your qualifications. Photocopies are not acceptable. Please bring your original certificates to interview.

    Programme Content

    Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. Through your employment or voluntary teaching, you gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors and your mentor, as a vehicle for your development. Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning teaching and learning, and in working with learners both in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations, such as drop-in study centres.
    During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Modules also allow you to explore particular areas of interest.

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

    • Teaching Learning and Assessment

    This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100 per cent of the module). For the first part, you will plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session contextualised within your own role in the Lifelong Learning sector. You will also write a critical account investigating the learning needs of specified learners and discussing how you have planned, enabled and assessed their learning.

    • Personal and Professional Development

    This module is designed to help you to learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. The first task, a Teaching Practitioner File, will include a Personal Development Plan, observations of your teaching and a structured, reflective journal; and the second task, a reflective Personal Skills Presentation, may take the form of your choice.

    • Teaching a Specialist Subject

    This module is designed to help you to develop more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning; as well as to sharpen the focus on your specialist area. You will be assessed on coursework in two parts; firstly, through the submission of a Specialist Practitioner File comprising four specified elements. You will also be required to attend the Specialist Conference at the University of Huddersfield. Details of the Conference will be provided once you start the course.

    • Understanding Curriculum and Professional Issues

    This module will develop your understanding of the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of written coursework, together worth 100 per cent of the module marks, you will discuss curriculum theories, relating them to your own professional role while evaluating a specific curriculum; and review the debate on professionalism in education and its impact on the teacher or trainer.

    Assessment Methods

    There will be continuous assessment which will include assignments and personal development portfolios. Teaching observations form an essential element in the assessment.

    Where the Programme Leads

    On successful completion of the full course you will be awarded a Certificate in Education or, if you already have a degree, Professional Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Education. As a qualified teacher there are opportunities for teaching your subject area in a wide range of settings nationwide. Credit points for each module may be used in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme to progress to higher level courses such as a BA in Education and Professional Development or a Master’s Degree.

    How much will it cost?

      Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
    Part time £3080 £3600

    How to Apply

    • This information relates to the part-time format of the programme. If you wish to study part-time follow this link and apply via the University of Huddersfield
    • The course is also taught full time. If you wish to study this course full-time, follow this link to apply via UCAS. The course code is  X34X.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

 

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