Cert Ed Certificate in Education 14+ Teaching Learners with Additional Needs
Do you wish to support learners with additional needs and help them achieve their potential? This nationally-recognised qualification aims to help you build on your personal strengths and interests to become a professional, effective and creative teacher of people with learning difficulties, communication difficulties, sensory impairments, physical or cognitive disabilities or challenging behaviour.
Achieving your potential can be difficult for everyone – but especially for young people and adults with behavioural or emotional challenges, physical or cognitive disabilities, sensory impairments, communication difficulties or learning differences. Teaching Learners with Additional Needs (TLAN) can be an exceptionally rewarding, if demanding, career. If you have the commitment, courage and patience then this course offers you the knowledge and skills to help others develop their understanding, confidence or independence, enabling you to transform lives.
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 for all learners, focusing especially on TLAN. TLAN offers enormous scope. For instance, you might teach personal independence and social skills to people with profound learning difficulties, help students in pupil referral units or prisons learn basic maths and English, or support learners with hearing or visual impairments to develop employability skills.
We’ll guide you as you learn to plan and deliver lessons and explore a range of disabilities and specific learning difficulties. 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
- Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (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.
- Our three specialist modules in TLAN are designed to give you a high-level of understanding in the teaching, learning and assessment of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and emotional or behavioural challenges, alongside the sound knowledge of ‘generic’ education offered by the course.
- 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.
- 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 is a pre-service ITE course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 FE and Skills sector.
- 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 training sector.
- Start date: 09/09/2019
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: Cert Ed
- Duration: 1 year
The entry requirements for this qualification will depend on the area which you wish to teach to Special Educational Needs learners and on your prior qualifications and experience, but we require a minimum of a Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification. You’ll need to have experience of working or volunteering with Learners with Additional Needs, e.g. you may have worked as a support worker, teaching assistant or carer, volunteered for a charity or you may have experience supporting a family member with additional needs.
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
This course is a stepping stone into education for students who are interested in teaching learners with additional needs in the Further Education and Skills sector. As part of the course you’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers, including communication skills, team work, planning and the ability to solve problems, in relation to education.
You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills on a professional placement in a post-14 context, gaining the excellent classroom and behaviour management skills that are essential for this area of work.
What can I do with this qualification?
Many of our graduates have gone on to teach learners with additional needs in the FE and Skills sector. This can be in areas such as special schools, adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
Alternative career options
- Higher education lecturing
- Local Authority education
- Family liaison
- Educational psychology
- Education administration
- Student Services
- Student liaison
- Educational writing
- Careers guidance
- Quality Standards
The Certificate in Education 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE and Skills sector 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. However, QTLS does legally have equivalence to QTS and is recognised by some head teachers in schools.
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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.
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
- Theories and Frameworks for Teaching Learners with Additional Needs
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
- Inclusive Learning and Teaching for Teaching Learners with Additional Needs
- Action Research Project for Teaching in A Specialist Area of Additional Needs
- Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
- 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. Your prior knowledge, experience and interests will be taken into account, but will not limit our selection of placements for you.
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.
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.
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.
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