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Certificate of Education (FE & Skills) & PGCE (FE & Skills)

University of Derby

Buxton & Leek College is part of University of Derby

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Key Facts

Course Type: Higher Education

Subject: Childcare

Level: 5

Full or part time: Part time

Campus: Buxton or Leek

Study Duration: 2 years. You will study on a Thursday afternoon 2pm-6pm.

Fee: The cost of theses courses is £2,250 per year (subject to change) which can be covered by Student Finance. Visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.

When and Where: Buxton or Leek campus

Start date: September

About the course

This 120 credit Level 5/6 qualification enables you to achieve a full qualification to teach in the FE and skills sector (Post 14). This qualification is validated by the University of Derby and taught at our Leek and Buxton Campuses. 

You can choose a specialist pathway in key skills, maths, English or special educational needs. However, these specialist pathways are for graduate candidates only.

Why choose the course?

This course is designed for anyone who is teaching Post 14 learners, paid or voluntary, in an FE setting, training establishment, special school, an academy, prison or young offenders institute. The course is also suitable for learners who are trainers as part of their role or current teaching assistants.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to provide evidence of: 

• At least a Level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to your teaching specialism 

• A Level 2 qualification or equivalent in English 

• A Level 2 qualification or equivalent in Maths 

• Access to 50 hours teaching in a full teaching role each year (paid or voluntary) 

• Applicants for the PGCE status must have evidence of at least an honours degree (2:2 classification) relevant to their teaching specialism. 

Course Structure

• Preparing to teach (FE and skills sector)

• Developing and reflecting on practical teaching skills

• The theory of teaching and learning.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods including coursework, observations of teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, presentations and some group tasks. 

You’re required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with learning theory.


This course offers a strong foundation for professional development. If you achieve a Level 5 Certificate of Education and wish to progress to graduate status, you may be able to top up to a BA (Hons) Education. Students who achieve a PGCE may progress to a Masters in Education.

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Childcare & Education Success Story

With her eldest daughter having just left school, mum of three Sonia Johnson is embarking on a new career as a teaching assistant after returning to learning as a mature student.

Now, aged 37, she has earned a Level 3 CACHE award in Supporting Teaching and Learning after going back to her old College to boost her skills and find work in teaching.

Read more Chilcare & Education Success Stories.

Contact details

E: enquiries@blc.ac.uk
T: 0800 074 0099