Lifelong Learning CertEd in-service and Lifelong Learning PGCE in-service

This is an in-service course which leads to a professional qualification for those who are already teaching in further education colleges, adult education, higher education and a wide range of other training and education settings outside the schools sector. It provides a route to subsequent achievement of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, if you are appropriately employed in the learning and skills sector. If you are currently teaching young people or adults these courses help you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and to creatively explore the professional opportunities open to you.

What will I study?

There are four routes available:

Graduates normally work towards a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or, if appropriate a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, with some modules at Master's level. Those with other qualifications work towards a Certificate in Education (Cert Ed).

The Certificate in Education and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education are structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers' work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching. 

Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments, reflective journals, professional practice  and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. You take 60 credits a year. The modules you study will be:

Year one:  

  • Initial teaching assignment/Enabling learning and assessment
  • Personal and professional development

Year two:

  • Curriculum and professional issues
  • Teaching a specialist subject

For details of specific module options, please refer to the programme spec (button on right).

As part of the course, you will be expected to complete a subject specialist module. This requires two days of attendance at the University of Huddersfield in year two (two days at Easter). You will be informed of the exact dates during the first year of the course.


How will I be assessed?

Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. You gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors, as a vehicle for your development. Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning teaching and learning, and in working with learners both in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations, such as drop-in study centres.

During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues.
Modules also allow you to explore particular areas of interest.

Assessment is carried out through lesson observations and assignments, which may include presentations and other forms of assessment.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

One of the distinctive features of a course of professional training in education is that the teaching and learning
strategies used by tutors are actually part of the content of the course as well as its delivery. Your tutors will often encourage
discussion of the methods they use and their effectiveness.

Teacher training courses are delivered through a mixture of workshops, micro teaching sessions, taught sessions, lectures,
independent learning and work place assessment. In addition there will be regular tutorials which are held both face to face
and online.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  


Entry requirements

For Certificate in Education:

  • Significant work experience in the area you teach (where appropriate to the subject field)


  • Full level 3 qualification in the subject you will be teaching
  • College interview

For Professional Graduate Certificate in Education:

  • A full honors degree in the subject you wish to teach in


  • Significant work experience in the area you teach (where appropriate to the subject field)
  • College interview

You will be required to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching is allowed.

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Certificate in Education - You could progress onto the BA (Hons) Degree.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - Progression to a Masters Degree in Education.

Additional information

 University of Huddersfield

Validated by the University of Huddersfield.