Coronavirus Update 2nd March 2021: Returning to College - click here for full details

This course is delivered in partnership with, and awarded by, Bucks New University.

The Cert Ed (incorporating the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training) is designed for those who want to teach within the Learning and Skills sector (post 16 years old) and will offer a qualification that can be used as part of the professional formation process when applying for QTLS (Qualified Teacher in the Learning and Skills sector) QTLS is seen as the badge of professionalism within this teaching sector.

The course offers core professional training and is mapped to the ETF teaching standards.

  • What will I learn?

    You will learn a variety of skills and knowledge that are required to be an effective practitioner. The content of the course enables you to engage with theoretical discussions, deepening your understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

    You will also gain a wider understanding of how theory and wider issues such as policies and professionalism influence practice so that you can start to consider how to effectively prepare your own students for their futures.

    On a practical level you will carry out an action research project that provides the opportunity to design and trial innovative and progressive ways of teaching and learning.

  • Example modules

    • Understanding Teaching Learning and Assessment
    • Theories of Learning
    • The Teaching Professional
    • Curriculum Design in Action
    • Wider Professional Practice
    • The Reflective Practitioner
  • How will I be assessed?

    There are a variety of ways that you will be assessed on the course in order to evidence a range of practical skills and knowledge, these include written academic essays, report writing, presentations, and portfolio building.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must be able to evidence the following:

    • Access to 100 hours of teaching or training

    • Level 3 qualification in their own subject area of specialism

    • A recognised introductory award broadly in the area of education and training, normally undertaken within the past five years. Examples include the Award in Education and Training, an Introductory Award to Teaching (LSIS) or Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (PTTLS). Where applicants are able to evidence equivalent experience, this will also be considered.

    • All students will provide evidence of a current and relevant DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service 2012).

    • Level 2 in English and Maths: students will be given an initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and IT (if not already undertaken) which will be used as a diagnostic tool to further develop their skills in these areas. As part of their development as professionals in learning and teaching, applicants who do not possess Level 2 in English or Maths will be encouraged to do so alongside the CertEd.

    An interview will be required.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Those that are interested can proceed to top up to a Bachelors Degree. On completion you will be qualified to practice teaching or training within the lifelong learning and FE sector.

  • Additional Information

    An academic qualification such as this goes beyond how to do a role, and offers the opportunities to critically consider the issues at the heart of teaching and learning practice. We strongly believe that students gain far more insight via this degree qualification as opposed to a professional study route.

Course Image

Course Details

Qualification Level Level 5
Study Mode Higher Education Course
Start Date September
Duration 60 Weeks
Course Code PEDU1L5CT-1
Runs at


Apply Now Enquire

Tuition fees information


Click here to download

Can we email you about course availability and open days you may be interested in?

Please enter your email address
Invalid Input

You are enquiring for...

    Please select a title
    Please tell us your first name
    Please tell us your surname
    Please tell us your date of birth
    Please tell us your email address
    Invalid Input
    Please tell us your postcode
    Please select your highest obtained qualification
    Please tell us how you heard about Bucks College Group
    Please tell us how you heard about Bucks College Group
    Invalid Input
    This field is required.
    Invalid Input
    Invalid Input