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

Course Name 
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 5
Level Level 6
Start Date 19th January 2022 and 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 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.

Indicative Content

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 assessment.

• 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

• Policy and Professional Issues. The module will develop your understanding of policy and issues relating to professionalism in Lifelong Learning. You'll have the opportunity to explore the impact of policy on professional practice and curriculum developments, drawing on appropriate evidence to evaluate professional practice and discuss possible improvements. You'll also discuss key issues of professionalism in Lifelong Learning, including debates on reflective practice and a discussion of your own educational values and the extent to which these promote social justice.

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 normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year). Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances (please check with your local centre).

• UK first degree or equivalent related to your specialist area
• Relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas

In addition, you must also:

• 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.

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 enough 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 2022/23

The cost is £3,680.00 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.

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

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

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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.
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