Certificate Education and Training Introductory

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.

The Introductory Certificate in Education and Training course is for those who are, or plan to be teaching in a more limited role where teaching or training is part of your job. You can then progress from the Introductory Certificate to the Intermediate Certificate or to the Cert Ed/PGCE.

Course modules

Year 1

Preparation for Education and Training

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

These awards are open to both new applicants to teaching and in-service teachers, trainers and tutors in adult, community, work-based and further education and the wider Further Education and Skills Sector, who, at the time of starting the scheme meet the following minimum entry requirements:

1. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism.

2. Five GCSEs at Grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English.

3. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

4. A teaching or training contract for a minimum 30 hours for the Introductory Certificate programme. A voluntary teaching placement may also be possible.

Applicants also need to demonstrate at interview and through references that they have the potential to become a good teacher. If you have non-standard qualifications please contact the college course leader to enquire about equivalences.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

All Teacher Education students at partner colleges are also students of UCLan and therefore have full access to all the facilities of the university in Preston, including the Students’ Union, the library, careers and other services. Many of these are also available remotely, especially the library, which provides access to a huge range of electronic resources – e-journals and databases, e-books, images and texts - which you will be able to use during your course.

The Myerscough College library is housed on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre. The library puts care and service to students at its highest priority. It delivers a dynamic service through a stock of around 35,000 books, journals, electronic media and good user education. A number of local and national newspapers are also available.

The library is open 7 days a week during term times and on weekdays in vacation periods, with 100 study places arranged to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It contains 40 networked computers for quiet use at any time and supplements the computer facilities on the first floor of the Learning Resource Centre. As it is a busy learning environment, separate study rooms are available for those who wish to use them. Higher Education students have full access to the University of Central Lancashire’s Library and we are also closely linked to Lancashire County Library Service. You can use the Library web pages to explore our gateway to the world of information, to help you do your assignments and to learn more about what you are studying.

Students will have access to Myerscough’s virtual learning environment. Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support taught sessions.

Assessment:

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used on the programme are varied and dependent upon active participation and interaction within groups. There are no examinations, so assessment is continuous and is based upon the completion of appropriate assignments, the observation of your teaching and the general gathering together of evidence to demonstrate that you are working towards achieving the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (ETF 2014). This evidence must be collated in your Teaching Practice Portfolio which contains the various proformas required for logging your evidence of experience and learning and for reflecting on the achievement.

There are three integrated aspects of assessment on the programme:

· Teaching practice – assessed through teaching observations and the development of a teaching practice portfolio

· Coursework assignments – assessed by the course tutors. No assignments are graded: all are assessed on a pass or refer basis. Details are shown in the table below.

· Professionalism – assessed through your participation in classroom activities, performance in teaching and general attitude and approach to your role as a trainee teacher.

On the Intermediate Certificate you are also graded on your progress in teaching, using the Ofsted grades 1-4. Your overall performance in teaching is assessed at the end of the course. However, this grade is not recorded on your award certificate.

In addition to meeting the module learning outcomes, trainee teachers are required to meet the attendance requirements of the programme and part 2 of the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards, and to work towards the Professional Standards (ETF). Professionalism is assessed throughout the programme.

Additional Information:

Fees

Each college charges its own set fees for the course. These courses are not eligible for applications to Student Finance England for a student loan. Please see the Fees and Finance pages on the College website for further details of the fees for this course.

As a trainee teacher, you are preparing for a professional role and need to behave as a professional throughout your course. All course participants sign a professionalism agreement when starting the course and are expected to adhere to the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards (part 2 personal and professional conduct). You may be subject to the University’s Fitness to Practise process if there are concerns regarding your professionalism or behaviour.

What work experience can I get?

An essential component of the part time Intermediate Certificate is a teaching placement where you are preparing and teaching lessons to learners aged 16+. You need 75 hours of teaching for the intermediate certificate and 30 hours for the introductory certificate. In cases where the quality, quantity or breadth of the teaching is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme, you may need to carry out some additional teaching. You may be able to complete part of your placement with 14-16 year olds. You will need to attend your placement for several hours a week. This will include experience of the other aspects of a teacher’s role as well as actual teaching.

If you are not already working as a paid teacher/lecturer (in-service), you will need to find your own suitable placement, which will be checked by your college. In some cases, colleges may be able to assist with finding placements but this cannot be guaranteed.

Progression

Once you have completed the Introductory or Intermediate Certificate, you may wish to progress to a full teaching qualification, either the Cert Ed or the PGCE. These lead to a full teaching qualification for the Further Education and Skills sector. Once you are fully qualified as a teacher you can apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status, through the Education and Training Foundation.

Careers

In the UK alone there are extensive job opportunities in the Lifelong Learning Sector in FE colleges, adult and community education, work-based learning, the NHS and Her Majesty’s Prison Service. The course teachers you to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning within this ever growing post-compulsory education sector.

Special requirements

At the start of the course you will assess your own skills using the Teachers’ Professional Skills Tests in English and maths and other diagnostic tools, identify areas that you need to work on and commit to doing this during the programme. The aim is that you will be able to pass the Professional Skills Tests in English and maths by the end of your course, if not before. You should also work towards a maths/ numeracy award at level 2 by the end of your course (if you do not already hold this).

DBS requirements: Your placement will require you to have an up to date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. The current cost of this is £44 for an enhanced check. If you are already employed as a teacher this will already have been done by your employer.

Travel to and from your placement and observations of peers and other teachers is at your own cost.

Teaching materials: If you are a pre-service trainee (on a voluntary placement) you may be allocated a photocopying allowance at your placement setting, but many trainees find that they need to supplement this themselves.

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.