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Certificate in Education (inc. Diploma in Teaching) Part-Time

This part-time Teacher Training is available through a two-year programme with teaching days taking place from Tuesday to Wednesday and placements throughout the week. The course and facilities that come with it will ensure you have the best start to your career, the College is dynamic and moving forward in terms of its curriculum ensuring opportunities for the local community and young people. This course is an excellent way to be part of that and to help pass on your technical, vocational, and academic passion onto the next generation.


The course is a must for those who have made the decision to teach in Further Education. The programme encourages practice across a range of levels which endorse opportunities for future employment. Our centre is fortunate enough to haev a clear progression route from pre-GCSE to University Degree programmes available for practice according to the suitability of the trainee. The college has a large student intake and a range of qualifications and subjects; the choice of teaching is much wider for trainees, with new qualifications such as T Levels and increased technical education with STEM and Health Skills centers being built at both Truro Campus and at Bodmin.

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Start date: 02/09/2024

Course code
Level 5
Truro College
2 years
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A supportive teaching environment with excellent mentors

An opportunity to work in colleges that are graded as “outstanding” by Ofsted

Success and employment rate of our graduates is high

Postgraduate Certificate In Education

Rigorous training delivered by experienced and knowledgeable professionals

You will receive fantastic training in a positive learning environment with experienced tutors.

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Key teaching principles and theories applied to practice

You will have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice with the placement alongside the course.

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Fantastic Progression Options

You have the option to continue onto Postgraduate studies of education at The University Center at Truro.


You will learn skills and knowledge that will best prepare you for a successful career in education. Some specific areas that you will cover are:

  • Methods of teaching, planning and delivery remote and face to face
  • Writing a scheme of work and a lesson plan
  • Barriers to learning
  • Assessment methodology
  • Models of reflective practice
  • Pedagogical theories
  • Classroom and behaviour management
  • Curriculum design and sequencing
  • Current issues affecting the world of education such as Education for Sustainable Development, and social justice
  • Wider professional development
  • Roles and responsibilities of teachers, trainers and tutors in this sector.


  • Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching and the Curriculum
  • Subject Specialist Teaching and Managing the Learning Environment
  • Professional Practice
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Following this course, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, this will help you to widen your skill set and knowledge and better prepare yourself for a career in Education in many capacities.

Other than this, completing this course can give you the skills necessary to enjoy a career in many different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Educational Administrator
  • Pastoral Tutor
  • Private Tutor
  • Work with the educational landscape.
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Assessment Arrangements

Methods of Study:

  • Assessment: coursework in each module – Reports, essays, reflective writing.
  • Assessment: Teaching Portfolio including a reflective journal
  • Assessment: Practical observations
  • Formative presentations
  • A range of teaching methods using all approaches to education.
  • Professional enquiry
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Teaching Practice (minimum 250 hours) over 2 years for PT and 1 year for FT.
  • Breadth of practice hours – to aid holistic development within teaching and learning

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a Level 2 or equivalent in Maths and English.

Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills.

Level 3 or above in subject specialism for Cert.Ed. applicants

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service. We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English with IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all four elements, or accepted equivalent English qualification as listed on our English language requirements.

Non-academic requirements

Entry onto these programmes is conditional on identifying a suitable placement and mentor. An interview is a prerequisite for entry onto this programme.

Applicants’ subject knowledge should be current and continuing professional development is expected. Applicants will need to commit wholeheartedly to the course and will be expected to complete academic coursework in addition to a full teaching practice which includes planning, delivery assessment and evaluation. The College expects quality teaching and the chance to work at Truro and Penwith College is exceptional.

You’ll be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. Find all of the important documentation you’ll need when applying for this programme.

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

How to Apply

To apply for a teacher training course please visit our How to Apply page and complete the relevant application form.

Please contact HE Education team for further information:

01872 305749

Information & Support

Take your qualifications to the next level – after completing this course you’ll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The awarding body for this course is: University of Plymouth.

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What you could earn

  • Secondary Education Teaching Professionals
  • Higher Education Teaching Professionals
  • Further Education Teaching Professionals
  • Education Advisers and School Inspectors
  • Inspectors of Standards and Regulations
  • Careers Advisers and Vocational Guidance Specialists
  • School Secretaries
  • Teaching Assistants
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