Certificate in Education (CertEd)
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
(Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector 1)
Year 1 Course leader: Khorshed Bhote
The PGCE/Cert Ed Year 1 is a part-time course for teachers working in a full teaching role in the
lifelong learning sector, and is awarded through the University of Westminster. It leads to a
nationally recognised qualification, and is verified by LLUK as the first year of the Diploma in
Teaching in the Lifelong Learning sector.
The full PGCE/Cert Ed lasts two years and is needed to gain Qualified Teacher in Learning and
Skills Status. However, you can decide to complete Year 1 only, and gain a University of
Westminster Certificate (CtLLs). You can return to complete your second year at a later date.
The City Lit’s course is particularly appropriate for you if you are working with adults in adult and
community education, adult education or other lifelong learning contexts. It will qualify you to teach
anywhere in post compulsory education, including work-based learning and FE Colleges. It is not
appropriate for Skills for Life teachers, however, as it does not include the subject specialist
modules you require.
There is an evening and a day route for the first year (Wed eve, with some Saturdays, or Friday all
day) – see below for further details.
You will complete three modules in Year 1:
Planning and enabling learning (including PtLLS if you do not have it at level 4):
Facilitating learning; evaluating your own and others’ practice; developing resources using e-
learning technologies; communication skills; integrating the minimum core (language,
literacy and numeracy) into your planning and teaching.
Teaching Practice, Theory and Assessment:
Theories and principles of learning; managing groups, dealing with inappropriate behaviour;
catering for a variety of learning approaches; theories, principles and applications of
assessment for inclusive learning; giving feedback; developing resources.
Teaching and Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties/ Disabilities:
Recognising a range of learning difficulties and disabilities and the implications for learning
and teaching; the educational and social implications of disabilities; awareness of recent
legislation and current political initiatives.
How will I be assessed?
You are assessed through written assignments and observation of your own and others’ teaching.
You will be asked to complete a series of written assignments at Level 4 (first year university level)
which include case studies, essays, presentations, observation reports, evaluations of your own
teaching, schemes of work, lesson plans and example materials. You should plan to spend 5 – 8
hours a week on private study, research, and written assignments
Observation of teaching
An important part of the course is developing and reflecting your own teaching. You will receive
two visits from your course tutor and two from your workplace subject specialist mentor during the
course. You will also observe another teacher in your subject area, and video and critically
evaluate your own teaching.
Applying for the course
To apply you normally require
- A minimum of a year’s regular teaching in the sector and/or a PtLLS Certificate (eg City and
Guilds 7303) at level 3 or 4
- a level 3 qualification in your subject
- a minimum 3 – 5 hours a week teaching (or equivalent)
- English and Maths at level 2 (or be willing to achieve these during the course) and
normally, two other subjects at level 2
- sufficient oral and written skills in English to study at level 4
- basic skills in wordprocessing, using the internet and email
- a mentor in your workplace
You should contact us for an application form and return it as soon as possible. We will ask you to
an interview. You will also complete an initial assessment in English and a diagnostic Maths
assessment. The closing date is 16th August 2010, but we will accept applications after this if the
course is not full.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
It may be possible for you to be exempted from certain elements of the course if you have
completed other training which is equivalent eg a City and Guilds 7303/7407 Planning and
Enabling Learning Unit, or CELTA
Course Dates 20010-11
Course Day Time From
PGCE/Cert Ed Year 1 Fridays 10.30 – 16.30 24 Sep 10 – 24 Jun 11
PGCE/Cert Ed Year 1 Wed eve 18.00 – 21.00 22 Sep 10 – 22 Jun 11
(TD507) and some
Saturdays 10.30 – 16.30
University of Westminster Induction and Enrolment: Tuesday 14 September 2010 10 am -5pm
Course fees are £1056 per year. A government award is available for this course (this may be
means-tested in 1011). Applicants are also eligible for student loans.
For more information contact:
Khorshed Bhote, Khorshed.Bhote@citylit.ac.uk; tel 0207 492 2534