Certificate in Education

Start date(s):
07 Sep 2020, 11 Jan 2021
2 years
Level 5
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Awarded by:
Open University
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£2500 per year
(previous year's fees)


Completion of this programme will provide you with an initial teacher training qualification for the post-compulsory and training sector. It is ideal if you wish to teach in the lifelong learning sector, such as a further education college, sixth form, adult and community education setting or training in the workplace.

You will gain the essential skills and knowledge to enable you to teach and will study an overview of educational theory, in addition to the wider issues affecting the education and training sector. You will also gain practical skills in an education or training environment through your teaching practice.
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This programme aims to:
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of teachers, trainers and tutors practising in the post-16 sectors and to evaluate your own position in this.
  • Develop your planning, learning, teaching and assessment strategies for groups of learners and individual learners.
  • Develop the skills of reflective practice to continually improve your own learning and practice.
  • Encourage you to assess own levels of key skills and plan for future improvement via the development of an individual learning plan.
  • Give you the opportunity to engage with fellow subject specialist peers to create innovative resources to share.
  • Explore and respond to issues associated with inclusive practice.
  • Explore the concept of continuing professional development and to evaluate the importance of this for teachers, trainers and tutors who are in the full teaching role and who are practising in post-16 sectors.
  • Explore issues associated with wider professional practice, such as quality assurance systems and procedures and quality improvement.
  • Explore the role of being a professional within the sector.


  • Introduction to Education and Training - Level 4 (20 credits)
  • Pedagogy in the Specialist Subject - Level 5 (20 credits)
  • Policies, Theories and Research in Learning and Teaching - Level 4 (20 credits)
  • Preparing for Professional Practice - Level 5 (30 credits)
  • Curriculum Design, Policy and Perception in Education - Level 5 (30 credits).

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught through:
  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Interactive workshops
  • Specialist guest speakers
  • Self-study resource materials
  • Written and oral feedback
  • Case studies
  • Teaching practice
  • Shadowing of experienced practitioners
  • Simulations and training classes
  • Teach Meets
  • As part of the programme, you are expected to engage in independent study and research to support assignments; as well as academic and professional development.

You will develop an individual learning plan to help plan and monitor own performance both academic and teaching practice skills.

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods that include:
  • An individual learning portfolio
  • Reflective journal
  • Observations of practice
  • Micro teaching
  • Posters
  • Evaluations
  • Essays
  • Reports .

On induction to the programme trainees are introduced to a range of support services at the College including: HE Academic Study Support, Personal Learning Coaches, Library Services, Learning Support, Advice Support and Careers etc.

Maths and English

As part of the programme, you will be expected to evaluate your current maths, English and ICT skills; and set targets to demonstrate progress.
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Maths & English

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You are required to have a regular teaching/training commitment of a minimum of 40 hours in the first year of the programme and 60 hours in the second year. This will be discussed on interview: a DBS certificate and Health and Safety form will need to be completed for the placement hours prior to enrolment on the programme.


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You could progress to a PgCE qualification at New College Durham or university, or progress to a teaching role within further education colleges and training organisations.

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Joanne Rogers

Joanne was impressed by the structure of our Certificate in Education programme.

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This course is delivered by an experienced education team, from a range of subject backgrounds. Tutorial support is an important feature of this course.
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Additional Costs

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Interview Instructions

Following a successful application, you will be invited to attend an interview at the College with a member of the Education team.

Please bring your certificates for all relevant qualifications to your interview, including your highest qualification as well as GCSE maths and English.
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Entry Criteria

To gain access to this course, you will:
  • Be employed or volunteer as a full or part-time teacher in post-16 education or training (a part-time teacher will be expected to have a regular teaching commitment of 40 hours in Year 1 and 60 hours in Year 2).
  • a Level 3 vocational qualification in your subject specialism.
  • Have achieved GCSE English at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
  • Be working at a minimum of Level 2 in written and spoken English
  • Hold a clear DBS
  • Attend a successful interview.