Full-time Certificate in Education: Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector (STEC)

University Centre Grimsby

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull
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Course summary

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This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the Campus is closed TEC Partnership will continue to deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support. This course is ideal if you are wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector (age 14+). This includes sixth form, further, higher and adult education such as hospitals and the prison service. It also includes community and youth services, uniformed services, private training providers and large organisations with in-house training departments. During the programme you will undertake project work with your group and individually. Academic work includes critical examination of teaching, learning and assessment theory, and how this relates to practice; development of your own subject specialism; and a key focus on enhancing your professional capability as a teacher. You will learn the fundamental skills of teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum development in your chosen subject and age cohort. You will be able to take part in tutorials, hear from experts in their field, join in the active debates surrounding education and acquire significant amounts of real teaching experience. Course Themes • Research informed teaching, learning and assessment • Developing as a teacher in your specialist subject • Personal and professional development • Reflective Practice • Equality, diversity and inclusion • Developing collaborative networks • Behaviour management • Lesson planning and delivery • Observations • Curriculum development • Policy and professional issues in education You will share practice, ideas and experiences with other student teachers during an academic conference at the University of Hull.

Course details


All four modules must be completed successfully. • Principles and Practice in Post Compulsory Education – the programme offers all trainees the opportunity to gain both breadth and depth in their understanding of professional practice. The defining feature of post-compulsory pedagogic practice is its diversity and understanding the implications of this for practice is a core component of the programme. • Practical Teaching and Learning – as well as an overview of post-compulsory education, the different spaces and places within which it is located, trainees are required to connect theory to practice and develop their practical teaching – emphasis is placed on developing a pedagogy that is sensitive to context. A student may complete the course while working in FE but will gain a good knowledge and through networking experience of other relevant context within which they may practice as a teacher, thereby enhancing their employability. • Advanced Professional Practice in Context – while there is a strong academic core to the programme which enables students to become confident in the concepts, theories, research and empiricism that defines their practice – equal value is placed in developing context based professionalism. Trainees will work closely with practicing post-compulsory teachers and network with trainees across the region to develop knowledge based on practice. • Exploring Specialist Teaching – while the programme allows trainees to work alongside subject specialists from the many disciplines found in FE, close attention is paid to developing and maintaining their own subject or industrial expertise. The programme is committed to developing dual professionalism: trainees are able to develop pedagogic expertise whilst ensuring they maintain expertise in their original industry or subject discipline. Trainees will develop the critical understanding they need to teach in the Education and Training Sector, enabling them to devise and plan creative learning opportunities. A research-informed appreciation of different learning theories and principles underpins their professionalism.

Assessment method

Assessment is via a teaching practice file, observations of teaching and learning, and written assignments.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeSTE3
Institution code G80
Campus nameScarborough TEC
Campus codeS

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact the TEC Partnership's HE Admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434. International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

This course requires a Level 3 qualification in the subject specialism they wish to teach, and all students will need to be competent to level 2 for English and Maths. Some trainees will be advised to register for a formal level 2 qualification upon admission if they do not already have one. Those who wish to pursue their QTLS will need formal GCSE level qualifications in English and Maths, however QTLS is not part of this Qualification. You should be able to demonstrate 5 days teaching experience in the classroom prior to interview.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7500 Year 1
England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1
Channel Islands £7500 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

An enhanced DBS certificate is required. Attendance at a one-day conference in Hull is mandatory towards the end of the programme. Travel and subsistence costs will be required. The conference itself is free to attend. Resources for the course will need to be accessed online. It is extremely useful, though not mandatory, to have ready access to IT facilities. Limited facilities are available on the college campus.
Full-time Certificate in Education: Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector (STEC) at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS