Plymouth Institute of Education

CertEd Certificate in Education (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training)

Develop the skills, knowledge and professional values to enhance your teaching career within the further education and skills sector. This nationally-endorsed qualification will prepare you for the challenges and rewards of teaching in a variety of environments, including further education colleges, adult and community education, offender learning and the public sector. The hands-on experience you’ll gain from your placement will ensure you qualify ready to immediately enter the workplace.

You will benefit from highly qualified tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector. Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and possibly go on to find employment within the organisations you work with during your placement. After completing this course you'll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Key features

  • Receive "excellent support from tutors and mentors and make good progress in developing the skills and attributes to become accomplished teachers"*.
  • Put your new knowledge into practice, whilst building your confidence and experience, with a significant proportion of the programme devoted to your placement. You will spend two days a week on placement in a further education and skills setting.
  • Benefit from highly qualified tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector.
  • Demonstrate innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout your time on the course and benefit from the way education for sustainable development is embedded in the programme. There is a strong research base across the partnership which underpins these and other developments in the programme.
  • Work closely with your fellow trainees, learning together and from one another, with peer-support  an important part of the programme’s philosophy and organisation.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and possibly go on to find employment within the organisations you work with during your placement.
  • Tailored for applicants who hold a Level 3 qualification or have relevant experience. The postgraduate certificate in education is available to those who hold a relevant degree qualifications in the subject they wish to teach.
  • Take your qualifications to the next level - after completing this course you'll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
  • Weston College, in partnership with Plymouth University, wish to provide placements for exceptional applicants that have a keen interest in using teaching and learning as a way to reduce re-offending and support rehabilitation. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about teaching and want to make a major difference to people’s lives. In return, Offender Learning offers a rewarding career with prospects for progression, ongoing Continuing Professional Development and support to develop and achieve aspirations.
  • We also work with the new local studio schools and would invite exceptional applicants to apply with biology or health and social care qualifications and relevant experience.
  • If you would like to study this programme part time with one of our partner colleges, please visit the following websites: Truro and Penwith CollegeCornwall College, Exeter College, Somerset CollegePetroc College (North Devon), and Petroc College (Mid Devon).

*Ofsted (2014)

Course details

  • Course structure
  • During this one year programme you’ll be expected to complete four 30-credit modules and eight teaching observations. 

    As a full-time trainee, you’ll be committed to a Monday to Friday week of academic and professional study, consisting of two full days a week of on-campus study, two days a week of professional practice placement (arranged by the University) and one day a week of independent study and research. 

    You’ll work closely with your colleagues on the programme, learning together and from one another, with peer support an important part of the programme organisation and learning. Your teaching observations will be carried out by University tutors and subject specialist mentors in an atmosphere of professional evaluation and support.

    Core modules
    • DLLS584 Theories and Principles of Managing Learning Environments

      Through reflective practice and study, this module evaluates theories, policies and principles for enabling inclusive learning, focusing on learning environments including classroom, virtual, restricted, work-place, field trips and outdoors. It examines communication, resources, teaching/learning strategies and organisation policies.

    • DLLS490 Learning, Teaching and Assessment

      This module addresses the processes, principles and theories of planning, preparing and enabling learning. It will examine theories, principles and processes of assessment including inclusive assessment practices. It investigates key aspects of the roles and responsibilities of teachers, trainers and tutors in this Sector.

    • DLLS580 Wider Practice and Professional Development

      This module focuses upon notions of professionalism and wider professional practice enabling examination of professional conduct, accountability, quality assurance and improvement, and the wider context of teaching. Participants evaluate their professional and personal development and plan future development

    • DLLS579 Curriculum and Society

      This module explores curriculum theories, principles and ideologies and social, economic, political and cultural differences affecting inclusive curriculum design, equality and diversity and education for sustainable development. It enables evaluation of individual subject specialisms in relation to inclusive curriculum design.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

    • A level three qualification (or be able to demonstrate suitable subject expertise and specialist knowledge) in the subject area you wish to teach.
    • GCSE English at A*-C and Maths at Grade G and above, or the equivalent in the National Test in adult literacy and numeracy.
    • Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills.

    Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

    If English is not your first language, you require: 

    • IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English language at grade C or above.

    English language requirements

    Non-academic Requirements

    All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

    You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

    An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

    There is a two-stage interview process for this course. The first stage is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format described in the link below. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.

    For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

    Fees, costs and funding

    New Student 2017 2018
    Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
    International £12,250 To be confirmed
    Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
    Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
    Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

    How to apply

    To apply for this course, please download, complete and return the application form.

    Guidance notes are available to enable you to complete the application form.

    Please contact our Admissions Office should you require any further information:

    Central Admissions
    Plymouth University
    Drake Circus
    Plymouth
    PL4 8AA

    Tel: 01752 585858 Fax: 01752 588050
    email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


    Careers with the PGCE/Certificate in Education

    You’ll experience a range of teaching and training settings. Many of our students find their first jobs with their placement institutions.

    Discover more about your career options

    Placements with the PGCE/Certificate in Education

    The organisations we’ll select for your teaching placements will provide you with high-quality support and maybe a future job.

    As reported by Ofsted in May 2014, "we work with colleges with a high reputation, high quality and a culture of high expectations and standards".

    Learn more about your placement opportunities

    Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

    For many of our courses successful applicants will need to attend an interview and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service assessment.

    Learn more about your interview, with information specific to your programme of study

    Interviews with Plymouth Institute of Education

    Dan Wheatley - graduate profile

    I found the period changed and developed my outlook on life tremendously. This was an opportunity to explore experiences from our teaching placements and reflect on developments. The quality of teaching from the tutors on this course was outstanding.

    Dan's excellent work placement has led to him now being employed as a lecturer.

    Dr Denise Summers - Programme Leader

    The FE and skills sector is busy and dynamic. Those students who wish to pursue a vocational or academic avenue deserve the very best teachers. Our PGCE/Cert Ed aims to equip trainee teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to meet that need.

    A teaching career in FE is very rewarding. Our course will prepare you to enter this career with the best possible chance of future success.

    Find out more about Denise’s teaching and research interests

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