Higher Education


The overall purpose of the Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education and Training) programme is to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other settings. The Certificate in Education qualification is a highly respected qualification and is a recognised passport into teaching in the sector.
The qualification is awarded by the University of Derby (www.derby.ac.uk); recognised both locally and nationally as an outstanding provider. It will be delivered at Macclesfield College by an experienced team of teacher educators.

The programme is suitable for vocationally qualified professionals seeking to become fully qualified teachers of learners aged 14 and above in the Post-14 sector, and other educational settings. It is designed for in-service trainees already working in the sector in a paid or voluntary* capacity.

*Where this is the case you will need to find your own suitable setting within which to undertake your voluntary teaching practice (which will be checked by the college). We may be to facilitate teaching practice opportunities at Macclesfield College, but this cannot be guaranteed.

There is a minimum requirement of 100 teaching hours which need to be completed over the 2 years.
A key aim of the programme is the development of effective, autonomous, reflective practitioners, who achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners with whom they work.
The programme is a professional teacher education course that allows trainees to apply for and achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status via a period of Professional Formation overseen by the Society for Education and Training (SET). Once QTLS has been achieved trainees are ‘fully qualified’ as teachers. The course prepares trainees for the practical demands of teaching in the Post-14 sector, as well as for 14-19 education in other settings, in a Level 5, 120-credit programme.

Entry Requirements

You will need to possess a minimum of Level 2 in English and maths which is recognised by the Society for Education and Training’s (SET) list of approved qualifications for QTLS E.g. GCSE A*-C


In addition to this, you will need a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in the subject you teach (or a related area). Furthermore, you will also need to evidence that you have the required number of teaching hours (a minimum of 100 over the course of the 2-year programme.) This evidence must be presented as a letter from an employer or, in the case of voluntary trainees, a letter of confirmation from the proposed placement.

Applications for the part-time route are made directly to Macclesfield College. However, please note that all part-time applications are submitted to the university for approval before the offer of a place is formalised.

As with any programme of initial teacher education, you are also required to demonstrate suitability to teach through an interview which assesses your personal and academic qualities, use of standard English, and health and physical capacity to teach.

For applicants for whom English is not a first language, the minimum English language qualification acceptable is IELTS Level 7. However, you will need to demonstrate ability to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English and fulfil the aforementioned criteria.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place on the course. We recommend that within 19 days of receiving your DBS certificate you register to the free DBS Update Service (https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service).


The course develops trainees’ teaching skills through reflective practice, based on the acquisition of a portfolio of teaching techniques and an engagement with theory that informs educational practice.

The qualification consists of a range of six 20 credit modules as follows:

Year 1

Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 4)
Using Evidence-based Practice to Improve Teaching (Level 4)
Educational Theory in Practice (Level 5)

Year 2

Curriculum for Inclusive Education (Level 5)
Professional Research Project (Level 5)

Spanning Year 1 and Year 2

Developing Professional Practice (Level 5)

Teaching and Learning methods employed on the programme include:
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, technology enhanced learning, reflection on critical incidents, independent learning.


There is no examination; assessment throughout the programme is through 100% coursework.

Each module has both a written and practical element, consolidating important links between theory and practice. The practical assessment activities consist of individual and group presentations, producing academic posters as well as completing the 8 teaching practice observations.

For one of the modules, an e-portfolio will be used to facilitate reflective pieces of work as well as accommodate additional documents such as the Professional Development Plan.

Awarding body

University of Derby (www.derby.ac.uk)


Upon completion of the Certificate in Education graduates will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status via the Society for Education and Training. Further information on this route can be accessed at:


Successful completion of this course can enable entry onto a Foundation Degree in Education, progressing to a BEd (Hons) Degree in Education.

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 20/09/2021

End date: 23/05/2023

Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Days of week: Tu

Number of Weeks: 34

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