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Part-time Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service Option

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Part-time Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service OptionAvailable for Enquiries

Course Details

Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 6, Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Part time
Awarding Body University of Huddersfield.
Offering Code CTLHCED1D000 CTLHPGC1D000 CTLHPGD1D000
Programme Design and Overview The Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings that are outside the schools 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.
Indicative Content There are two awards available:- • Graduates normally work towards a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). It is possible that a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with some masters level modules) may be available at the University subject to demand. • 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: • 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
Delivery Methods Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. You gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors, 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. During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, quality assurance and professional issues. Modules allow you to explore particular areas of interest and you will also be expected to complete a subject specialist module, requiring two days of attendance at the University in Year 2. You will be informed of the exact dates during Year 1.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme 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.
Entry Requirements You should 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 if undertaken on behalf of a charity registered with the Charities Commission. Applicants may, however, have a voluntary placement in an organisation which is not a registered charity subject to certain criteria. Requirements for each qualification are:- PROFESSIONAL GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (LIFELONG LEARNING) UK first degree or equivalent Relevant work experience (where appropriate to the subject field) Qualifications at NVQ Level 3-4 in the subject area you teach if this is different from that of your degree CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (LIFELONG LEARNING) * HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ Level 3-4, or appropriate professional qualification Significant work experience in the area you teach (where appropriate to the subject field) * If you hold a basic teaching qualification you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning. You will complete an initial assessment to ensure you are working at the level 2 in English and maths but you will be offered further support for this if needed.
Attendance Expectations The attendance requirement for tutor-led group sessions is three hours per week, this is usually one evening but we also offer daytime classes if there is sufficient demand. There are significant additional requirements in terms of tutorials with tutors and mentors, as well as for teaching practice.
Fee Information These fees relate to 2017/2018 The cost is £3475.00 Per year Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.
Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only. Arrangements apply to 2016 entry.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study Those who complete the Certificate in Education could proceed to the BA/BA (Hons) in Education and Professional Development. Those who complete the PGCE may wish to progress to a Masters degree.
Career Opportunities The growth of lifelong learning should enhance your career opportunities.
How to Apply Register your interest by contacting the Centre Manager, Sally Brown, on 01924 789139 (email who will then direct you to a Huddersfield University application form for completion.
Admissions Process

Register your interest by contacting the Centre Manager, Sally Brown, on 01924 789139 (email who will then direct you to a Huddersfield University application form for completion.

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:

Group Size The minimum group size is 8
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details Please contact: Sally Brown on 01924 789139, or email
Case Study "The PCET course was essential for a career in teaching bricklaying. It was a daunting prospect at the start, having come from the Construction industry into teaching, but the course tutors put me at ease and nurtured me in theory and practice. I have gained in my knowledge through both theory and practice lessons." Ian Day, student on the Certificate in Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Course Groups (W) Professional Course, Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Teaching & Learner Support
Client Group (W) 19+, Higher Education
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