Lifelong Learning CertEd in-service 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

Ranked Top 5 in the Guardian Education Guide 2016

About the course

If you're already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-16 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course may be for you.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll 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. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

On this course you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teacher educators; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide 2016 for Education for the sixth year running. The University of Huddersfield is also one of only nine designated Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning sector, which means you'll be able to study at any one of our consortium centres. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network, which feeds directly into course design and delivery, and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

If you hold a first degree or equivalent then please refer to our professional graduate (honours) and postgraduate (masters) level provision.

Please note:

•  You'll be required to confirm your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to undertake this study programme.

Start date:
16 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment. The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, uniformed services or armed forces, construction, engineering and many other vocational areas.

In addition to the University's general minimum entry requirements, you must also:

•  have qualifications at Level 3 or above, for example HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3/4 or other recognised professional qualification

•  be able to demonstrate appropriate work experience in the area you wish to teach

In addition you must also:

•  provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

•  provide two satisfactory references

•  complete a satisfactory interview

•  identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


Course Enquiries

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For enquiries at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium please contact individual colleges.

Places available:

This course is available at the University of Huddersfield and through The Education and Training Consortium at approximately 21 centres.

(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

On this course you'll have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, and the ability to identify your ongoing needs for professional development. The course helps to prepare you for playing a full part in the teaching, administrative, and curriculum development activities in colleges and in other education and training organisations.

Core modules:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module helps you to develop an understanding of how people learn and of the role of assessment. You’ll typically be assessed via an assignment where you’ll plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session and 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’ll have the opportunity to engage in personal and professional development planning and develop your practice. Assessment is typically via coursework.

Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues

This module seeks to develop your understanding of curriculum theory and issues relating to professionalism in the Lifelong Learning Sector. You'll have the opportunity to explore curriculum theory and evaluation processes, draw on evidence and propose possible improvements. Assessment is typically via the development of a study, reflective practice and participation in discussions and debates.

Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject

This module gives you the opportunity to build on both generic and subject specialist developments that will enhance teaching for students. The module is supported through practical teaching experience, evaluation and feedback. Assessment is typically via the development of a teaching file and conference paper.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course seeks to prepare you for a professional teaching role in Lifelong Learning sector, which could include as a lecturer in a college of further education. Former trainees have also successfully progressed into a wide range of training and teaching roles within adult education and in private training organisations.*

Upon successful completion you may also consider pursuing further study, including our Education and Professional Development BA(Hons).

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Professional links and accreditations

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll 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. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector.

Teaching and assessment

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You'll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You'll be supported to gain competence in planning, teaching and learning; and in working with students; with assessment of your progress taking place in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations.

In addition you'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops and you'll have a personal tutor who'll be assigned to you throughout your studies to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience. Assessments vary and include essays, the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, and presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course at the University of Huddersfield include:

Debs Philip

Cheryl Reynolds

Dr Ian Rushton

Dr Martyn Walker

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield for this course will be £3,475. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please note:

•  Fees and finance may vary if you're studying at one of at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium. Please contact individual colleges for further details.

•  The Subject Specialist Conference is a compulsory module delivered at the University of Huddersfield.If you are studying at one of our Consortium Centres then you will be required to cover the cost of travel to complete this module.

Further study

Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following programmes may be of interest:

Education and Professional Development BA(Hons)

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to join us.

You can apply online.

If you have any problems with this, please e-mail or phone 01484 478249.

It doesn't matter which college you wish to study with, you can apply using the link above.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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Upon successful completion of this course, you'll 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. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

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