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Bradford College

Certificate in Education – Part-time

Qualification Gained
Certificate in Education (Further Education)
Study Level
Level 5
Course Type
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


*Subject to validation*

The Certificate in Education (Further Education) is a recognised, advanced teaching qualification.

This course trains you to teach your specialist subject (vocational or academic) in colleges. Learn practical skills, develop inclusive teaching methods, and stay up to date with the latest educational thinking. Available full-time or part-time.

The principal aims of the programme are to:

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a competent, confident and ambitious teacher
  • Promote fairness and opportunity in education
  • Stay up to date on the latest teaching methods. You will keep up with new research, what teacher organisations are recommending, and any recent government changes in education.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and Continual Professional Development;
  • Develop graduates who have an analytical and reflective approach to professional practice in which theory, academic understanding and pedagogy are inter-related and integrated through Level 5 study.

The Certificate in Education (Further Education) delivers an ambitious, contemporary curriculum for trainee teachers in and around the Bradford area. A key strength is our position in the heart of a thriving Further Education College and our strong relationships with College teams and mentors.

Course Benefits

  • Contemporary course content
  • Specialist pathways – meeting the needs of the local community
  • Opportunities to study in or pre-service, and with flexibility at either full or part-time
  • Aligned with occupational standards

  Key Info

These professional courses are for those who wish to teach 14+ in Further Education and training settings.

You will undertake academic modules in order to gain the knowledge and skills required for a career in teaching in an FE college or training provider.

You will be able to work alongside a mentor and other colleagues so that you can develop your teaching practice as a reflective practitioner.

Pathways exist if you are already working as a teacher but don’t have a full teaching qualification (in-service), or if you are working towards securing employment in education (pre service).

You will be supported by qualified mentors in the workplace with an appropriate curriculum, and a large emphasis is put on work experience.

  • Professional practice 1 & 2
  • Exploring learning theories
  • Developing the curriculum
  • Subject specialist pedagogy
  • Teacher as a researcher

Additional modules are offered, depending on your route of specialism.

Applicants should normally have achieved the following prior to registration for the programme:

Admissions criteria

  • Level 3+ subject specific qualification.
  • An eligible GCSE/Level 2 Maths and English qualification or equivalency*.
  • Relevant experience/prior learning.
  • Enhanced DBS and health check, successful interview.

*full list of eligible Maths/English quals: Eligible maths and English qualifications | Society for Education and Training

You will be assessed on teaching practice via observations conducted by teacher educators in collaboration with specialist mentors. Constructive developmental feedback will be provided to guide you on areas for improvement in your practice, ensuring that by the end of the programme you are teaching at the expected level according to occupational standards. The process nurtures the cultivation of teaching skills; as you progress, it is reasonable to expect that your competence will increase. The impact of training on both trainees and their students is closely monitored.

In summary, the learning, teaching, and assessment strategy is designed to provide a holistic and robust training experience for teacher trainees, focusing on professional development and well-being, academic excellence, and practical application of knowledge. The integration of various strategies and assessments ensures a well-rounded preparation for the challenging and dynamic field of teaching.

This is an ideal programme if you aspire to a career in teaching in the FE sector It will also provide you with a solid foundation if you wish to work in other roles in education, including training, supporting, mentoring or youth work.

On completion of the course you can progress onto the Diploma in Education and then move onto a PGCE to become a Qualified Teacher or go into employment directly or via an apprenticeship.

Full-time: £9,000 per year.

Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.