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Certificate in Education (Education and Training) (Part-Time) - 2022 Entry

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Approved By: University of Central Lancashire Logo
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 2 Years, Part-Time
Campus: Knowsley Main Campus
Tuition Fee: £3,995 per year
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirement section below.
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Approved By: University of Central Lancashire Logo
UCAS Code: X311
Institution Code: S51
Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 2 Years, Part-Time
Campus: Knowsley Main Campus
Tuition Fee: £3,995 per year
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirements section below.
Programme Specification: Coming Soon
Programme Handbook: Coming Soon
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Degree Overview

Teaching is a challenging but rewarding profession, one where you will use your enthusiasm and talents to make a difference.

The Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the further education and skills sector. This sector includes colleges, training providers, sixth forms, adult and community learning, prison education and apprenticeship provision.

The qualification is not a secondary school teaching qualification but there are opportunities to work in the secondary education sector after acquiring QTLS status. QTLS is a process undertaken through the Education and Training Foundation, which incurs a cost. For further information, please visit: https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/professionalism/qtls/.

There are also opportunities to teach on vocational courses in your chosen subject specialism to help students to develop their skills and obtain employment or progress on to higher education.


Preparation for Education and Training (Level 4) - TS1106 - 20 Credits Action Research (Level 5) - TS2301 - 20 Credits
Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 4) - TS1107 - 20 Credits
Wider Perspectives in Education and Training (Level 5) - TS2306 - 20 Credits
Curriculum Design and Assessment (Level 5) - TS2304 - 20 Credits Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 6) - TS3301 - 20 Credits

Entry Requirements

For 2022 entry, you will need:

  • A minimum level 3 or above qualification in the subject specialism you intend to teach.
  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 and above, or equivalent, to include English.
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).
  • A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 75 hours of teaching per academic year for the part-time programme, or a voluntary teaching placement for pre-service trainees.

Applications should be made as early as possible to ensure necessary arrangements for your placement and a DBS check can be completed in time.

Prior Learning and Experience

University Centre St Helens welcomes applications from mature students (aged 21+) and students from a varied range of backgrounds and experience. Offers of a place on the degree will not be based solely upon academic qualifications alone and related skills gained in the workplace will also be considered.

Additional Entry Requirements

All suitably qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Your interview is designed to be an informal meeting and will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss and explore your career interests with the Programme Leader.

DBS Check

Your placement will require you to have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. The current cost of this is £44 for an enhanced check. If you are already employed as a teacher, this will already have been done by your employer.

If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for this qualification. Your acceptance will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of University Centre St Helens and your placement provider.

Teaching Placement/Place of Work

It is a mandatory requirement of this qualification that when in the placement/place of work, the trainee teacher is assigned a subject specialist mentor. The mentor must be prepared to attend an initial mentor training session delivered by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), as well as support the trainee teacher on a weekly basis throughout their teaching placement/place of work.

University Centre St Helens may be able to provide some voluntary teaching placements within St Helens College and Knowsley Community College's curriculum departments, but places are limited and are subject to availability, references and DBS clearance.

If you are a pre-service applicant, you need to take responsibility for finding yourself a suitable teaching placement as a condition of this qualification, in order to undertake the required minimum teaching hours in each year of the two-year programme.

If you are not currently in a teaching role, then as a pre-service applicant, you could apply to St Helens College and Knowsley Community College to see if any volunteer teaching placements may be available.

There is a process for applying for a volunteer teaching placement and it is carried out by our Human Resources Department. For further information on volunteer placements, please contact Sheila Amel-Azizpour on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01744 623848.

Information for International Applicants

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, you may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that University Centre St Helens does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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In the first year of study, students usually attend University Centre St Helens at our Knowsley Campus, one day per week on a Thursday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm and in the second year, on a Tuesday, from 9.30am - 4.30pm. However, this is subject to change and confirmed timetable information will be provided upon application.

Additionally, you will need to undertake a minimum of 75 hours of teaching practice per year of the qualification, ensuring the minimum of 150 hours is achieved across the two years.

Throughout the qualification, you'll be assessed by essays and presentations, including group presentations, portfolio building as well as self-assessment and peer-assessment methods.

On your placement/place of work, you will be formally observed teaching on eight occasions. That is four observations in year one and another four observations in year two. The assessments are designed to showcase the opportunities within the sector and help prepare you for teaching roles.

Tuition Fees

For 2022 entry, tuition fees for full-time (evening study) are £3,995 per year.

Additional Costs

Course-Related Travel (Placements/Work Experience/Voluntary/Site Visits Variable dependent on the distance travelled and the method of transportation.

Students are required to undertake a mandatory formal work placement and a DBS check will be required. Approximate cost is £44.
Materials and Printing Core texts, journals and reading lists should generally be available in the St Helens Town Centre Campus Library or University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). However, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Printing costs in relation to assignment submissions and teaching file documents may vary. A list of University Centre St Helens' printing costs can be found via www.sthelens.ac.uk/printroom.

For the UCLan documentation pack which forms the basis of your teaching file throughout year one and two, you will need two of the following: a file, dividers, labels and plastic wallets. These can be purchased from any source.
Equipment SStudents will provide their own day-to-day stationary items e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks.

Optional choice of technology to enhance your teaching practice e.g. laptop, clicker.
Trips Various travel and entry costs throughout the academic year if visit arranged.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, students can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the full cost of tuition fees, which means you don't have to pay anything upfront and there's nothing to pay back until you're qualified and earning over £524 a week, £2,274 a month or £27,295 a year. You may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Visit our finance support page for more information.

Careers and Progression

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Successful completion of this qualification offers you a wide range of teaching opportunities across the post-age 16 education sector, in organisations including:

  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth forms
  • Adult and community learning
  • NHS
  • Prison service or police service
  • Private sector training organisations

Upon successful completion, you can progress on to the BA (Hons) Education Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), as you will have achieved 180 credits (50% of the award) by completing the Certificate in Education (Education and Training).

Apply Now

To apply, please complete our part-time application form here: www.sthelens.ac.uk/apply-part-time-he.

Would you like to speak to someone before making your decision?

Call 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our team will be more than happy to help.

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