Wirral Metropolitan College

Certificate in Education (Part Time) Wirral Metropolitan College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire


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Course summary

This course leads to qualified teacher status in the Further Education and Skills sector. It is a level 5 qualification and is designed for those who intend to take on a full teaching role, having responsibility for students throughout the learning process and engaging in teaching at a range of academic levels.
The Certificate in Education is primarily for those who want to teach in Further Education and sixth form. The aim of the course is to prepare trainees to teach in a range of contexts in the further education and skills sector. Trainees are expected to attend a placement that includes at least 150 teaching hours over the two years (75 hours per year). Trainees are also expected to undertake other department duties such as taking part in meetings, answering queries, and planning and preparation for classes.There are 6 units across the two years. Students will receive timetables of study and assessment calendars in their course handbooks upon enrolling on the course.
Application process: Upon application you will be asked to complete the UCLan application form and provide a CV at interview. Placements: There are a limited number of placements within the college and these are allocated through a curriculum interview to assess the suitability of your qualifications and experience with the department needs. Placement within the college cannot be guaranteed and as such early applications are recommended. External placements may be suitable and staff will do what they can to assist you with finding other placements, these will need to be checked for suitability.
On achieving the Certificate in Education, trainee teachers will be able to begin the process of achieving Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please see the following website for further information on QTLS: https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/professionalism/gaining-qtls/.

Course details


There are 6 units across the two years. The modules are as follows:
Year 1 - Preparation for Education and Training (Level 4) Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 4) Curriculum Design and Assessment (Level 5).
Year 2 - Practitioner Research: An Action Research Approach (Level 5) Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 6) Contemporary Issues in Education and Training (Level 5).

Assessment method

The assessment on this course is continuous and based upon demonstrating evidence of meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (ETF 2014). There are three aspects of assessment:
Teaching practice: Assessed through observation of teaching practice to include 8 successful observations (4 per year), and the development of a teaching practice portfolio.
Coursework assignments: You will complete a variety of assignments including academic essays, presentations both poster presentations and group presentations.
Professionalism: Assessed through participation in class activities, performance in teaching and professional attitude. This includes evidence that you are meeting professional standards.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

•5 GCSEs at C/4 and above, or equivalent, to include English
•To be operating at level 2 in English and maths
•A level 3 qualification in your teaching subject specialism
•The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English
•A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 150 teaching hours over the two years (75 hours per year).
•Evidence of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check)

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £2,650 Year 1
EU £2,650 Year 1
England £2,650 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,650 Year 1
Scotland £2,650 Year 1
Wales £2,650 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, this fee is the cost per year. For Higher Education (HE) courses, student loans are available to most students undertaking a degree, foundation degree, HNC / HND or teacher training programme. Visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance for details. For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information. International HE fees - Wirral Met College does not currently hold a Tier 4 licence to sponsor applicants who need a student visa to allow them to study in the UK, we are therefore only able to proceed with applications from those with current status which allows study.

Provider information

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Wirral Metropolitan College
Conway Park Campus
Europa Boulevard
CH41 4NT

Course contact details

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Main Contact

0151 551 7777

Student Advisers

0151 551 7777

Fax: 0151 551 7001