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Certificate In Education & Training

Certificate In Education & Training

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is a first stage teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement. It is an 'in service' qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in England. It may be possible for pre-service teachers/trainers (defined as those who are not formally contracted as teachers/trainers) to complete this qualification. All candidates, whether pre-service or in-service must have access to 30 hours of teaching. This qualification is also suitable for those delivering education and training in any learning environment. Candidates who successfully complete this qualification will have a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners.


How will the course be delivered?

The course is run in a way to promote research, group discussion and the exploration of topics in detail. Course members will be encouraged to:

  • Take a full and active part and to share their knowledge and experience
  • Take responsibility for their own learning
  • Assess their own learning throughout the course in conjunction with their tutor
  • Relate their own learning to classroom practice
  • CET course members meet together for a total of about 34 sessions of 3.5 hours, 5-8.30pm from Sept. to June. Participants are expected to do a substantial amount of self study.

Course participants must attend the whole course (minimum of 80% of course time). The group size is kept to a maximum of 16 to allow for individual attention.

You will be observed for at least three hours over a minimum of three occasions of your 30 teaching practice hours. Each observation must be in your place of work. It is important that observations are carried out at intervals throughout the programme and are not end-loaded. The feedback you receive will be a very important part of your learning on the course. Sometimes student teachers feel a nervous about the visits, but course tutors take this into account – this is a valuable opportunity to discuss your teaching with another professional – make the most of it! One hour of teaching must meet grade 2 standards (Ofsted).

Is previous experience is necessary?

You must be 19+. In order to complete the course you must have access to a teaching role for a minimum of 30 hours concurrently with attendance at the course (not per week).

These hours must be logged. The experience of practical teaching and its relationship to course content forms an integral part of the course. You must have a good standard of written and spoken English to cope with the demands of the course and you must be qualified/experienced in the subject you teach. It is essential to your success that you are able to put aside enough time to do the self study required. You should consider carefully whether you are prepared to make the commitment to study for a year.

If you have a 12 credit PTLLS qualification, you are exempt from the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and Unit 301 of the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.

This year, we are aiming the course at those who have their PTLLS/AET unit(s) already so you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved this.

What will I learn?

They will be able to use initial and diagnostic assessments and plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning. They will also be able to assess learning and use appropriate resources to support effective learning. This is a minimum 36 credit qualification.

The course comprises four elements which together form the total course:

  • Course attendance (minimum 80% attendance required)
  • Independent reading and research
  • Teaching practice portfolio of evidence (30 hours teaching)
  • Course assignments and a minimum of 3 graded teaching observations

At Level 4, candidates need to demonstrate in their assessments a depth of knowledge and understanding appropriate to that level. This should be reflected in:

  • An understanding of the relationship between theory/principles and practice
  • Evidence of research and reading
  • Evidence of consideration of practice that is in accordance with professional values
  • An academic style of writing, with references to background reading.

What can I do next?
It allows progression to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, but is not a prerequisite. Twenty credits can be carried forwards. The CET is not appropriate for teachers of literacy, numeracy and ESOL.

Are there any extra costs?
You will need to register with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)  plus annual student membership. All exam fees (single attempt) and textbooks are included in the cost of your course

How do I apply?
For more Information contact Laura Sullivan

Email: Tel: 0117 9092367

Course Summary

Course Name:
Certificate In Education & Training
SGS College - Filton
34 Weeks
Start Date:
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