The Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) is structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.
Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. You take 60 undergraduate credits a year.
As part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module. This requires two days of university attendance in year two (two days at Easter).You will be informed of the exact dates during the first year of the course.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module). For the first part, you will plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session contextualised within your own role in PCET. You will also write a critical account investigating the learning needs of specified learners and discussing how you have planned, enabled and assessed their learning.
Personal and Professional Development
This module is designed to help you learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. The first task, a teaching practitioner file, will include a personal development plan, observations of your teaching and a structured, reflective journal; and the second task, a reflective personal skills presentation, may take the form of your choice.
Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject
This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to the development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. The module achieves these purposes by enhancing the ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.
Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues
This module will develop your understanding of the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of written coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss curriculum theories, relating them to your own professional role while evaluating a specific curriculum; and review the debate on professionalism in education and its impact on the teacher or trainer.