Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong learning) In Service


If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or education establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course will help you. The programme is part-time study over two years.

Core Modules

  • Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment – this module aims to develop your understanding of how people learn in the Lifelong Learning sector and of the role of assessment in enabling learning and achievement
  • Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher – this module reviews your practice as a trainee teacher. It explores your teaching values, knowledge of your subject specialism and your knowledge and understanding of how you are learning to teach
  • Being a Subject Specialist Teacher – this module builds on the previous module and contributes to your development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and focuses on the critical analysis of subject specialist pedagogy.
  • Policy and Professional Issues – this module will develop your understanding of policy and issues relating to professionalism in Lifelong Learning.
  • UK first degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent related to your subject specialist area.
  • GCSE grade 4 or above (formerly C grade) in English Language and Maths (or Functional Skills level 2 equivalent).
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Confirmation of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • A satisfactory reference.
  • A satisfactory interview.
  • Identification of a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

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