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Cert Ed Certificate in Education 14+

Full-time & Part-time

Want to teach a practical, trade or vocational subject? If you're highly skilled in your trade and want to share your knowledge and experience with someone else, then this nationally recognised teaching qualification will help you step into teaching and assessing in further education, work-based learning and more.


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  • Introductory Course Information

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    Award: Cert Ed

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

    Start Date: TBC

  • Course Overview

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    There's a demand for more trade workers in the UK and the government is investing in Apprenticeships and work-based education, and vocational subjects are becoming more popular in schools and colleges. If you're qualified, experienced and talented in a trade such as plumbing, bricklaying, hairdressing or beauty then a career sharing your skills with the next generation could be rewarding both personally and professionally.


    This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course so you don't need to have experience in teaching or be currently employed into teaching. You'll learn through a variety of methods including traditional classroom study and work-based learning. You'll get to explore key theories and techniques for teaching, learning and assessing and discover how to apply them in practice and mould to the teaching of your specialist subject.


    We'll support you every step of the way, helping you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert teachers will help you to become an engaging and inclusive teacher with high standard of professionalism.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • You'll get to graduate from the University of Bolton.
    • You'll be able to access the University's e-learning resources including the e-library and support from the University librarians.
    • A link tutor provides academic communication between Bolton College and the University of Bolton’s academic school, so that the experience you receive as an Off Campus student is equivalent to that of an On Campus student.
    • As an Off Campus student you'll also have access to the support of the University’s dedicated Off Campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
    • We'll organise your work placements and these can be in a variety of settings to help you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
    • The course is designed to help you reach your teaching potential. We'll encourage you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.


    Key Features

    • We have a long standing and extremely close relationship with the University of Bolton, which is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK.
    • Our tutors are highly qualified and have a great deal of experience teaching in post-14 education and training and teacher education.
    • Our teaching environment is warm and friendly with small class sizes and great IT and library facilities.
    • We'll provide you the opportunity work-based learning through a minimum of 100 hours' teaching placements experience of planning and delivering learning.
    • The CertEd 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET), which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the FE and Skills sector. The course is ideal if you want to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth forms, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
    • Upon completion of this course, you may wish to progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the FE and Skills sector.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

    • Preparation for Education and Training
    • Teaching, Learning and Assessing
    • Promoting Positive Behaviour
    • Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning
    • Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
    • Professional Research Project
    • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Entry Requirements

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    • For Generic pathway entry requirements are dependent on the subject you want to teach. You should have the highest vocational qualification relevant to that subject area. For some subject areas this means a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3, and for others it may be an NVQ level 4 or a Higher National Diploma (HND).
    • You are required to attend an interview as part of your application process which involves written diagnostic tests for English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy, a short oral presentation, and a face-to-face interview.
    • You will be required to gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies as you will be working with unsupervised children and/or vulnerable adults. 
    • You will need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.
    • If English isn't your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept other English language qualifications which you can find more about by clicking here.
  • Career Opportunities

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    The Cert Ed Certificate in Education 14+ gives you the skills and practical required to prepare you for a teaching career, particularly in the Further Education and Skills sectors, for pupil aged 14+.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    Not only will this qualification allow you to work in FE colleges, sixth forms and school you can also work in other educational sectors. Work-based learning ensures people are ready for work and have up-to-date skills so you may work with apprentices, young people or even employed adults looking to update their skills. Job opportunities in this sector are often with training providers in the private sector but can also be within the work-based learning units in colleges.


    The adult and community learning sector delivers a range of practical and creative, basic skills, language and computer courses. Alternatively, the justice sector involves working in prisons and youth offender institutions teaching basic skills. Some offender institutions offer vocational preparation courses. Much of this work is sub-contracted out to local FE colleges who then provide relevant staff.


    Other career options:

    • Higher education lecturing
    • Local Authority education
    • Mentoring
    • Family liaison
    • Educational psychology
    • Education administration
    • Student Services
    • Student liaison
    • Educational writing
    • Examinations
    • Counselling
    • Careers guidance
    • Training
    • Quality Standards


    Professional Recognition

    The University of Bolton's Certificate in Education 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE and Skills teachers must complete a teacher education qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools.

  • Fees & Financial Support

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    The fees for this course will be confirmed soon. 


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page.

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    The teaching involves a combination of face-to-face lessons, work-based learning and electronic resources and communications. You can expect timetabled classes and lectures, workshops, group and individual practical activities and structures discussions. You'll get individual support in tutorials and we'll encourage you to take part in online discussions with your class peers and tutors, to make full use of ICT as a source of information and support.


    In most cases, work-based placements will be arranged for you in situations that meet the requirements for becoming a qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector. They may involve daytime or evening teaching, or both. In most cases, our placement partners will expect you to have several years’ experience working in your trade so that you can bring this practical experience into your teaching. While this industrial experience is not one of our listed entry requirements, it is strongly recommended as we are unlikely to be able to find you suitable suitable placements without it.


    Your placements will assess your teaching practice according to Ofsted guidelines and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. 


    You’ll receive informal feedback on your performance, to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course.


    Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. You’ll be expected to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You’ll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading that will help you to complete your coursework.


    To be awarded your CertEd qualification, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve met all the learning outcomes for the course. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff will guide and support you in this, but a significant amount of personal and independent study is essential and you’ll need to take responsibility for managing your own learning.



    The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment methods



    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (100%)


    Learning activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (80%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

  • How To Apply

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    To apply for the full-time or part-time course, please visit the University of Bolton's website by clicking here.

  • Contact Us

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    Amanda Turner
    Programme Leader, University of Bolton
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903309

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