Higher Education

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET)

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This programme is validated and quality assured by the University of Worcester and delivered at Halesowen College as a partner of the University

About this course

Do you want to teach in the lifelong learning sector? The Certificate in Education and Training (CET) at Halesowen College and the University of Worcester is an in-service course which means you need to have access to teaching to join the course (this can be full-time, part-time, paid or voluntary). The CET partnership has an excellent track record for trainees’ outcomes in a wide rang of settings. It is creative, vibrant and inclusive partnership which provides a stimulating and professional environment for your learning.

The Certifcate in Education and Training is a nationally recognised qualification for employment in further education and a range of other settings, for example, work based learning and community learning. The course also offers an excellent range of progression opportunities to degree and postgraduate qualifications.

Courses are run at University of Worcester and Halesowen College.

Key features

  • Programme design which helps trainees to reach their full potential through well planned modules, opportunities to learn through reflective practice and excellent support
  • Highly skilled and experienced tutors
  • Embedded professional standards for the sector and progression to qualified teacher status, QTLS, through the Society for Education and Training
  • Courses which values trainees’ contributions to course development as sector professionals

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 qualification or above in subject specialism
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C, or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance
  • Access to a specialist mentor in your place of teaching

This is an ‘in-service’ course which requires you to have access 100 teaching hours, for both the part-time (minimum 30 hours’ teaching in year one and 70 hours’ teaching in year two).

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Learning and teaching theory

  • Consider and explore the relationship between key theories of teaching and learning and their relevance and applicability to current research and practice in teaching

The teacher as subject specialist

  • Understand and apply skills and principles of teaching, researching and assessing your subject specialism

The inclusive teacher

  • Develop diagnostic and evaluative approaches to assessing the diverse needs of your learners in order to support them through their learning processes

The teacher as curriculum designer

  • Discover and explore the meaning of curriculum and the local, national and global contexts

The teacher as researcher

  • Explore research opportunities which relate to their subject specialism

The professional teacher

  • Develop clear concepts of professionalism, clarify your core professional values and extend your awareness of the key issues and influences on professionalism in post-compulsory education. Explore your career progression options

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • You will have taught sessions at Worcester/Halesowen and teaching practice in your setting
  • You will be supported throughout by a personal tutor and will work with work-based subject mentors
  • You will also have a University-based induction session, including how to access online resources and opportunities to work with learning and skills specialists and peers
  • As part of the course you will be invited to events such as the Teaching and Learning Conference

How will you be assessed?

  • Six carefully planned assignments, including presentations, which support the development of a portfolio of evidence of planning, evaluation and reflection
  • Observations of teaching with grading points at the start, middle and end of the course

Where could it take you?

The course has very high success rates (97%) and employability rates are excellent with significant numbers of trainees who move from part-time to full-time employment and full-time tutors who move into further career opportunities.

You can progress to the Diploma in Training and Education (DET). The DET enables progression on to the final year of the Education Studies BA (Hons) (for those who haven’t got a degree already) delivered at the University of Worcester (additional credits at 4 and 5 are required to access the final year of the degree and opportunities are provided to gain these). There is also possible progression to Masters Level programmes for those who have a degree. A Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL) is offered to current and former DET trainees.

How much will it cost?
Tuition fees

  • £2,445 per year (part-time over two years)