Candidates who successfully complete this qualification will have a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. They will be able to use initial and diagnostic assessments and plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning. They will also be able to assess learning and use appropriate resources to support effective learning. This is a first stage teaching qualification.
Our programmes are blended learning which consists of a number of workshops which you must attend along with self research and the use of our VLE – Virtual Learning Environment. We do not deliver entirely distance learning as the City & Guilds qualification specifications state: “Distance learning is unlikely to provide opportunities for modelling of techniques and interaction with other candidates.”
We feel our blended programme delivers the best, high quality teacher learning possible.This programme comprises face-to-face training workshops, workplace assessment, individual research, distance learning and the completion of 6 assignments. Over 7-8 months you will attend 7 monthly training days. These are highly interactive, face-to-face sessions. They are built around key themes that address the course content, prompt reflective practice and provide an opportunity to share good practice with others. Individual support and distance learning is built into the programme.
The course is assessed by 6 unit assignments, ongoing reflective journals and a teaching practice portfolio. You will have to evidence 30 hours of teaching and will be observed on 3 separate occasions (see below).Please refer to the course programme below for an overview of the course content and the way the course is structured. For further information about the teaching regulations and recent changes visit The Society for Education and Training. We can also take existing QCF qualifications you may have (e.g. TAQA Assessor units) and tailor the course around those qualifications for you. Please contact us directly to discuss this option.
Your Teaching Hours
To meet the CET course requirements you must provide evidence of 30 hours of teaching delivery over the duration of the CET course.
You must be teaching learners over the age of 14 on vocational subjects – your tutor can clarify any questions you have about this. The Teaching File section of the VLE is used to log your teaching hours and you should start to do this from month one of the CET course.
There is no requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification unless units are undertaken which specify that purpose. However, where trainee teachers/trainers are working solely with individuals, a programme may also include support and preparation for working with groups.
Of your 30 hours of logged teaching, all 30 must be fully supported by a scheme of work, lesson plan, resources and a detailed self-evaluation. You will be observed on 3 separate occasions and each observed session will be fully documented as above, along with an observation report.
Virtual Learning Environment
Our interactive Virtual Learning Environment supports this course.This website contains:
- Resources, course materials and copies of flip charts etc produced during training day activities
- A forum open to all current and past learners
- An observation booking system
- An electronic portfolio for your journals, unit assignments and teaching file
- A way to contact your tutor
Teaching observations are central to your professional development. You will be provided with developmental feedback linked to the CET course content. To maximise the benefit of these observations they should be spread evenly throughout your CET course. You may be observed in 2 ways:
- By a member of our CET delivery team
- By video recording your teaching (which is then observed remotely by a member of our CET delivery team)
Using a video recording allows you to self-reflect by watching yourself and can be used for short-notice teaching. Video can be appropriate for one-to-one sessions and assessment meetings but you must always gain learner agreement when using the video.
Professional Career Development Loan
You may be able to apply for a Professional Career Development Loans To apply you must: be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts and plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that learners can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs, such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support, such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should only consider them as an option once you have investigated all other student funding options.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.