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Learning and Skills Teacher, Higher Apprenticeship Certificate in Education (CertEd)

This apprenticeship is designed for trainers within industry or business who need to complete a teaching or training qualification to support learners within the workplace.


Degree apprenticeship


Course overview

The apprentice

  • develops an understanding of effective learning, teaching and assessment in a range of contexts
  • develops approaches to classroom management, curriculum design, the subject specialism and teaching learners with SEND
  • demonstrates competence against The Professional Standards
  • gains extensive practical and assessed practice within the classroom and workplace
  • develops an understanding of learning theories, the role of education, reflective practice
  • demonstrates the ability to link theory to practice
  • prepares for the externally-assessed end point assessment.

The apprenticeship is delivered part-time over two years with block delivery and workplace practice. On completion of the taught modules the apprentice enters the end point assessment which must be completed within 12 weeks of the programme.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Developing Learning and Teaching

You gain a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching in creative ways. You experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. You develop as a teacher who motivates and inspire learners to succeed; consistently evaluates and reflects on your own practice; and possesses the practical skills required for successful classroom practice. The module focuses on the creation of positive learning environments; ensuring inclusion and diversity; developing critical reflective practice; the ability to manage data; make evidence informed decisions and forecast outcomes. You evidence your progression towards the professional standards for the sector.

Enhancing Learning and Teaching

You extend your teaching strategies in a variety of complex and challenging ways. Specifically you will be encouraged to underpin your classroom practice with evidence-informed strategies, rigorously and consistently evaluating your practice and work. You collaboratively and independently work to improve teaching, learning and assessment for your students. You are encouraged to look beyond your own direct experience and consider the breadth and range of educational settings, and the broader context of education for your students. You prepare for the end point assessment through the variety of module activities/assessments and will be expected to comprehensively, fully evidence your progression towards the professional standards for the sector.

Evidence Informed Learning and teaching

This module underpins the skills that are being developed in the classroom, with educational theory. Fundamental learning, teaching and assessment theories are critically explored, together with more contemporary theories and methods. The module contributes to more advanced strategies and allows you to focus specifically on a specialist subject. You underpin practical classroom practice with contemporary theory and professional standards to explore the evidence base of your subject specialism.

Thinking in Learning and Teaching

You critically explore and analyse the impact of government policy, curriculum theory and professional standards on the sector and consider quality processes and their impact. You explore wider perceptions of education and training and discuss the importance of continuous personal and professional development in view of trends in the sector and within your teaching specialism.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The learning and teaching ensures the apprentice:
- is introduced to a wide variety of innovative, inspiring and creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment
- develops engaging methods of working with technology
- takes every opportunity to engage with research informed practice and feels confident in evaluating educational research
- experiences the active modelling of L&T strategies within their taught sessions and they consistently engage in the collaborative evaluation of modelled practice
- develops professional observational skills to enhance the impact of the observation of modelled practice of experienced practitioners and peers
- develops a wide-ranging, independent and flexible approach to reflection, reflective practice and the linking of theory to practice
- acquires the skills and knowledge required to meet the professional standards of the sector, understand the changes taking place within the sector and independently pursues their own continued personal and professional development
- experiences a learning environment that is adaptive and responsive to their varied academic and professional needs
- is aware of current issues and changes within the education and training sector, and contextualise these within education as a whole
- approaches their course in an integrated and holistic way that ensures links are made between different modules, between academic study and placement experience, and between teacher training and wider experiences;
- is fully prepared for their end point assessment.

The course modules are developed around a common set of learning and teaching strategies, as well as moving beyond these to incorporate specific features that are unique to its delivery. This approach provides a course experience that is holistic, diverse and challenging.

How you are assessed

The course assessment is developed in conjunction with, and as a fully embedded part of, the wider learning and teaching strategy. Assessment includes the apprentice's knowledge, professional skills, and ability to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of their experience. Assessments align with professional standards for the sector and with consideration of the end point assessment.

Assessments are actively modelled for, and discussed with the apprentice as an essential aspect of the teacher training process. The apprentice is encouraged to evaluate assessment processes from the stand-point of a student and also from the stand-point of the professional, using their experience to inform their own practice.

Formative assessment

Throughout the course, there are frequent opportunities for the apprentice to receive formative feedback across all taught sessions, teaching practice, and within the pastoral aspects of the course. A formally identified formative feedback task is also included within each module.

Summative assessment

Module summative assessments have been developed to reflect module learning outcomes, with learning outcomes across the course balanced to ensure the apprentice meets the course outcomes. Assessments build their knowledge, skills and confidence, providing variety and balance.

Forms of assessment

The Professional Standards Portfolio (PSP) forms the backbone of the course and acts as a bridge between its academic and practical aspects. The PSP includes a variety of assessment tools and provides a range of different opportunities to demonstrate learning. Whilst minimal expectations for the PSP are defined, the apprentice is encouraged to personalise their approach. The PSP assessment allows the apprentice to draw on their subject specialist background extensively during this process. The apprentice is required to complete their portfolio using the University’s online portfolio software.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

GCSE (or standard equivalent Level 2) in English and maths grade 4 (C) or above.
To ensure that all apprentices meet the basic requirements for maths and English in the profession, prior to joining the course, they must demonstrate that they are at least at Level 2 in maths and English prior to the end point assessment; and we therefore request this at the start of the course. Where apprentices enter with Level 2, there is an expectation that their skills will continue to develop in these areas. To support this, we provide opportunities for further development, which will be embedded within teaching across the course.

Minimum Level 3 vocational or Subject Specialist Qualification.

Employer practice supporter
The apprentice must have a mentor within your organisation who can fulfil the mentor role of the programme.

Be in a role with at least 50 hours of training/teaching per year (100 hours over two years).
The apprentice needs to meet the job role analysis specifications where you have regular contact with learners.

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Completion of the apprenticeship gives the learner a formal qualification to support their career. Further appropriate careers include working as a learning and skills teacher or trainer in a private business, an FE college, an independent training provider, and adult community learning or offender learning. The apprentice can also further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or degree courses at the University.

Work placement

The apprentice must be in a suitable job role to undertake the award, which includes a minimum of 100 hours of teaching/training within the setting. They must also satisfactorily meet the job role analysis specifications prior to enrolment, to ensure they have regular contact with learners.


Degree apprenticeship

A degree apprenticeship combines vocational work-based learning with study for a university degree. Designed in partnership with employers, degree apprenticeships offer it all - a higher education qualification, a salary, and invaluable practical experience and employment skills.

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  • Not available full-time


2023/24 entry

Fee for UK applicants

Apprenticeship levy paying employers - £7,000 paid from your levy funds. Non apprenticeship levy paying employer - £350 (remainder paid by government co-funding).

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  • Length: 2 years

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