Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) Level 5

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    Part Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2019


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The Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) is a programme suitable for vocationally qualified professionals seeking to become fully qualified teachers of learners aged 14 and above in the post-14 sector and other educational settings.

What will I do?

The Level 5 Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) is delivered over two years, you will need 100 hours on ‘in-service’ teaching and study 5 mandatory credit modules.

During your first year you will study the following:

  • Level 4 Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Level 4 Using Evidence-based Practice to Improve Teaching
  • Level 5 Educational Theory in Practice

During your second year you will study the following:

  • Level 5 Curriculum for Inclusive Education
  • Level 5 Optional Module

Over both years you will work on the follwoing module:

  • Level 5 Developing Professional Practice

As the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) is a professional programme, personal development planning is threaded throughout. You will be required to reflect on your own personal professional development and practice through work-based learning and assessment, creating your own e-portfolio. This e-portfolio is not only used as a vehicle for reflection and self-evaluation, but it encourages you to develop digital skills and a digital profile.

Within the programme PDP opportunities are incorporated in the following ways:

  • The application of learning materials to current practice within the Post-14 sector
  • The use of critical, work-based reflection within all modules
  • All modules contained within this programme have been mapped against Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards. In all modules you will be required to make explicit links to how learning has helped develop professional practice
  • Observations from ITE mentors are graded in accordance with the ETF Professional Standards (2014) to help support development and progression of practice
  • The formative assessment of a reflective online journal

The entry requirements for the Level 5 Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) is a Level 3 qualification or equivalent, including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (Old grade C).

You will also be required to evidence 50 hours of full teaching per year.

The Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) will take you two years to complete.

You will attend Boston College for 3 hours per week for a total of 35 weeks a year. Days and times will be confirmed.

The Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) will cost you £3200.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

The careers team based in College can also assist with your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

During the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) each module will be assessed on 50% practrical and 50% theory.

The majority of trainees completing programmes are successfully appointed to teaching posts across the sector. Many trainees move on quickly to become course leaders/managers of the subject area.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Education you can progress onto the PGCE from which you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status via the Society for Education and Training.

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