Cert Ed Certificate in Education 14+

Do you wish to teach a practical, trade or vocational subject? If you’re brilliant at your trade and want to share your knowledge and passion with the next generation, this nationally-recognised teaching qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing in further education, work-based learning and more.

Cert Ed Certificate in Education 14+

Course details

There’s a growing recognition that the UK needs more tradespeople. The government is investing in apprenticeships and work-based education, and vocational subjects are proving popular in schools and colleges. If you’re qualified, experienced and talented in a trade such as plumbing, bricklaying, hairdressing or beauty then a career sharing your skills with the next generation could be rewarding both personally and professionally.

This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of your trade and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

  • Start date: 09/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: Cert Ed
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our ITE partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • The University of Bolton sits at the heart of an extensive and well-established partnership of post-14 education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key features:

  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • This CertEd 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 09/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: Cert Ed
  • Duration: 1 year

For the Generic pathway the entry requirements depend on the subject area you wish to teach. You must have the highest vocational qualification relevant to that subject area. For some subject areas this means a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3, and for others it may be an NVQ level 4 or a Higher National Diploma (HND).

You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. This will involve written diagnostic tests for English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy, a short oral presentation, and a face-to-face interview.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Find out more

You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

This course will give you the necessary skills and practical experience required to prepare you for a teaching career, with the emphasis being in the Further Education and Skills sector. In this sector you’ll have the opportunity to work with Further Education learners who range in age from 14 years old to adult. These students come from different backgrounds and experiences and may enter further education from local schools, the community, industry or local businesses.

What can I do with this qualification?

In addition to working in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and schools, there are significant opportunities to work in a range of other sectors. The work-based learning sector ensures people are ready for work and have the latest skills. It includes working with apprentices, young people who are not yet ‘job ready’, as well as employed adults who need to update their skills. Job opportunities in this sector are often with training providers in the private sector, but can also be in the work-based learning units in colleges.

The adult and community learning sector delivers a range of community-based courses, including practical and creative, basic skills, language and computer courses. The justice sector involves working in prisons and youth offender institutions teaching basic skills. Some offender institutions offer vocational preparation courses. Much of this work is sub-contracted out to local FE colleges who then provide relevant staff.

Alternative career options

  • Higher education lecturing
  • Local Authority education
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Student Services
  • Student liaison
  • Educational writing
  • Examinations
  • Counselling
  • Careers guidance
  • Training
  • Quality Standards

Professional recognition

The Certificate in Education 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE teachers must complete a teacher education qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £9,250-£9,250
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

International

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Preparation for Education and Training
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessing
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning
  • Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
  • Professional Research Project
  • Professional Practice Portfolio

Teaching, learning and assessment

We take a blended approach to teaching and learning, using a combination of face-to-face sessions, work-based learning and electronic resources and communications. You can expect timetabled classes and lectures, along with workshops, small group and individual practical activities, and structured exercises and discussions. Individual support will be given in tutorials. We’ll encourage you to take part in online discussions with your peers and tutors, to make full use of ICT as a source of information and support, and to maintain a digital portfolio of evidence.

Work-based placements will be arranged for you in situations that meet the requirements for becoming a qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector. They may involve daytime or evening teaching or both. In most cases, our placement partners will expect you to have several years’ experience working in your trade so that you can bring this practical experience into your teaching. While this industrial experience is not one of our listed entry requirements, it is strongly recommended as we are unlikely to be able to find you suitable placements without it.

During your placements, your teaching practice will be assessed according to Ofsted guidelines and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. You’ll receive informal feedback on your performance, to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course.

Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. You’ll be expected to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You’ll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading that will help you to complete your coursework.

To be awarded your CertEd qualification, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve met all the learning outcomes for the course. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff will guide and support you in this, but a significant amount of personal and independent study is essential and you’ll need to take responsibility for managing your own learning.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (80%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    09/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    Cert Ed
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Amanda Turner
Programme Leader
Email: A.Turner@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903309

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903