Undergraduate Course

Certificate in Education Post 14 Further Education and Skills

Course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 years

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Buxton & Leek College (Leek Campus)

Our course is designed for anyone who is teaching post-14 learners, paid or voluntary, in a further education (FE) setting, training establishment, special school, academy, prison or young offender institution. Teaching will build on your experiences, enabling you to put new ideas into practice. The course is also suitable for learners who are trainers as part of their role as current teaching assistants.

You will study at Leek campus, a site which is both steeped in history while offering state-of-the-art facilities, having recently undergone a £7m redevelopment.

What you will study

This course offers a strong foundation for the professional development of teachers through practical teaching opportunities, underpinned with theoretical study and discourse.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will learn through a mixture of coursework, observations of teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, presentations and some group tasks. Throughout the course, you will also deliver at least 50 hours of teaching.

You’re required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you will engage with learning theory.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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After you have completed this course, this 120 credit Level 5/6 qualification enables you to achieve a full qualification to teach in the FE and skills sector (Post 14).

If you achieve a Level 5 Certificate of Education and wish to progress to graduate status, you may be able to top up to a BA (Hons) Education.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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