1. To prepare trainee teachers to teach successfully in a range of contexts in the Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Sector
2. To develop in trainees the skills required to plan and implement teaching, learning and assessment strategies which meet the needs of the curriculum and learners within the Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Sector
3. To model a wide range of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies that trainees can apply in their own teaching
4. To encourage trainees to reflect upon and evaluate those teaching, learning and assessment strategies they experience and those they provide for their own learners
5. To begin to develop a theoretical framework in education and pedagogy, so that trainees can base their practice on educational principles
6. To provide a professionally appropriate and personally satisfying programme which is of value to trainee teachers’ personal and career development
This course is approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
How long is the course?
Part-time over 30 weeks, one evening per week.
How will I learn?
A mixture of formal lectures, seminars, discussions, group work, self-study, assignments, observation of teaching practice.
What subjects will I study?
The Intermediate Certificate consists of 3 modules that form part of the overall Certificate in Education/PGCE;
• Preparation for Education and Training – The aim of the module is to cover the requirements for the introductory Award in Education and Training as defined by LSIS. A second aim is to introduce the trainee teacher to the teaching, learning and assessment cycle and build the beginnings of reflective practice.
• Teaching Learning and Assessment – The aim of this module is to provide a link between educational theory and practical application into teaching through reflective observation of practice. The module also aims to develop confidence and skills in the trainee to meet the changing demands of teaching, learning and assessment and manage the behaviour of learners appropriately. A further aim is to help trainees explore the relationship between their choice of practice strategies and the external and internal influences on their classroom.
• Curriculum Design and Assessment – This module aims to develop a holistic approach to planning, teaching, learning and assessment, building on prior knowledge of learning and teaching domains, lesson planning techniques and the development of intuitive practices with regard to learning strategies, group dynamics and student motivation. The study of external and internal influences on curriculum development and design aims to support trainee teachers in creating schemes of work, session plans and resources that provide high quality learning experiences. The module also aims to develop the trainees’ skills in the design and use of assessment as a means for checking, promoting and deepening learning, while stretching learners to meet their full potential.
How will I be assessed?
Teaching log and portfolio, observation of teaching practice, written assignments, and presentation.
Are there any additional costs?
Part time fees in 2020/21 are £1,100 per 20 credit module. Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation.
For more details on additional costs, please refer to the HE Tuition Fees Contract.
Click here to download the Programme Specification.
When is the next start date?
Enrolment & Timetable Information
September 2020, dates to be confirmed.
What are the entry requirements?
Admission to the Intermediate Certificate within the nationally endorsed LSIS schemes will be open to both new applicants to teaching and in-service teachers, trainers and tutors in adult, community, work-based and further education and the wider Further Education Sector, who, at the time of starting the scheme meet the following entry requirements:
1. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism. Under exceptional circumstances some entrants may hold a relevant vocational qualification of at least the level above that of their learners.
2. Five GCSEs at Grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English.
3. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).
It is a requirement that a DBS check has been undertaken before entry to the programme.
The scheme is extremely dependent upon trainee teachers being able to put into practice in their own classrooms the values, knowledge and professional skills they gain through their studies. It is a requirement of the programme that applicants should be employed or in a placement as teachers, trainers or tutors for a minimum of 75 hours during the programme. Whilst this is a benchmark, in cases where the quality, quantity or breadth of the teaching is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme, it may be necessary to arrange for trainees to carry out some additional teaching. Teaching practice must be carried out predominantly with groups of learners, although some individual teaching can be undertaken. Effective teaching practice experience should ideally include:
• different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts
• teaching across more than one level
• teaching a variety of learners
• experience of non-teaching roles
How can I apply?
PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application:
Furness College Application Form
PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.
Can I get more information?
For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
What opportunities will this lead to?
Completion of the certificate can lead to progression onto either the Certificate in Education or the Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Click here for further information about the PGCE.
Click here for further information about the Certificate in Education.