Post Compulsory Education

Pave the way to further professional education-related qualifications

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Why take this course?

This professional development course is for lecturers, trainers, instructors and others who work in the post-compulsory education sector (an institute of further / adult education, a sixth-form college, or another training institution). You will develop and refine professional practice over the period of the course through group and individual teaching, tutoring and training.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Study at four further education colleges: Chichester College, Eastleigh College, South Downs College and Isle of Wight College
  • Balance your work-based practical skills and theoretical learning, and develop the links between them
  • Generate personal and professional self-confidence as you develop your educational practice to a recognised national standard

What opportunities might it lead to?

On completion of the Certificate in Education there is the opportunity to progress onto the part-time BA (Hons) Education and Training at the University of Portsmouth.

Juliet Littlechild, CertEd Post-Compulsory Education student 2013

As a new teacher in education, Certificate in Education inspired me to create teaching resources which are creative and fun, taught me certain teaching methods and strategies for engaging learners and creating a fun learning experience.

Juliet Littlechild, CertEd Post Compulsory Education student 2013

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Key Facts

2 years part time
Professional qualifications. A part time teaching post which meets the full teaching role in one of the following areas at the start of the course:
- institute of further or adult education
- sixth form college
- other training institution (e.g. police force, armed forces, industry)
Teaching contact must offer opportunities to develop and refine professional practice over the period of the course and involve both group and individual teaching, tutoring and training of not less than 50 hours per year.
All applicants are subject to interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications

15/16 entry:  Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Academic Registry on 023 9284 5259.
This course is not open to International, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students.
*Please note that tuition fees are subject to annual increase.

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School of Education and Continuing Studies
Programme specification


Education, Childhood and Youth Studies

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  • Hands-on opportunities to work in a relevant educational setting
  • The support available to all students
  • The flexibility of unit options that enable you to tailor your study to your own interests

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Each year, you will study two units.

Year one

  • Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Programmes: this unit encourages you to understand how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods, as well as start developing your own personal and professional skills.
  • Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject Area: in this unit you will examine a range of teaching and learning theories, learn how to plan and develop inclusive learning into your lessons and understand how to use a range of communication and classroom management skills.

Year two

  • Professional Practice: this unit encourages you to review the development of your personal and professional skills, develop a career management file and research into a specific area of your teaching.
  • Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Area: in this unit you will learn about the range of contexts in which education and training are offered, analyse theories and models of curriculum design and understand how to promote equality within practice.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching approaches include a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, guided preparatory reading and active group participation. Workshops and self-directed learning link to and encourage the development of the minimum core curriculum of language, literacy, numeracy and ICT in supporting your own skill base. Subject-specialist tutorials involve both group and individual support and develop subject-specific knowledge and skills as well as linking the Qualifications Curriculum Authorities (QCA) framework of personal learning and thinking skills to action planning processes.

The emphasis throughout is on inclusive teaching and learning combined with reflective practice within a teacher’s own specialist area of work.

How are you assessed?

There are two units of study per year and each unit is assessed through coursework and portfolio. The observation of your teaching competence is carried out by college tutors and subject-specialist mentors.

Sally Allen

Tutor's view

Sally Allen
Post-Compulsory Education

This course brings together people from a variety of teaching and training roles, where they benefit from peer support and discussion and develop both their professional practice and academic skills.

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Study in SECS

The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the student buildings and the sea front.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

The CertEd offers non-graduates in teaching roles the opportunity to secure a qualification in their chosen profession, enhancing your potential for promotion and progression. It also paves the way to a BEd in education.

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunites
Employment boosting opportunites

Full-time students on the CertEd will have a placement arranged by the School of Education to put their learning into practice, and will have secured more than 100 hours of teaching practice at the completion of the programme. Part-time students are likely to be working in this field already. 

Career planning

Career planning
Career planning
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Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 88 per cent of our 2013 graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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