Post Compulsory Education
Pave the way to further professional education-related qualifications
Why take this course?
This recognised teaching qualification enables industry professionals who do not possess an undergraduate degree to become a qualified further education teacher. Examples of industry background people considering applying for this course may include (but are not limited to) health & social care, hairdressing, beauty therapy, construction trades, engineering and public services e.g. Police, Fire and other uniformed services.
You can follow a one year full-time programme at the university, or train over two years on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Chichester College; Eastleigh College; Isle of Wight College; South Downs College). The full time route is intended for those not currently employed in a teaching role whereas the part time route is designed for teachers who currently work in the post-compulsory education sector. Both routes encourage you to develop subject-specific knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.
What will I experience?
On this course, you will develop your skills as a teacher through practical activity and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education.
You will join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating an effective peer network where a variety of teaching practice can be shared. You will then gain work experience in a teaching placement.
For full time students the course is similar to a full time job as you will attend lectures and seminars at the university or be on placement days per week. While hours may vary slightly a student’s average hours of attendance are from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Placements are arranged by the university for all full time students.
On the part time route, you will attend one of our partner colleges once per week (see college’s website for details). You are expected to have secured your own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.
What opportunities might it lead to?
This Certificate in Education provides the skills and knowledge to take up teaching roles in further education environments, including:
- Further education colleges
- Sixth-form colleges
- Private training providers
- Public services
- Voluntary organisations
The Certificate in Education is a professional teaching qualification which recognised by further education providers in the UK. Therefore on completion of the course students go on to work in further education organisations, however those wishing to undertake further academic study may wish to top-up to a BA (Hons) Education and Training at the University of Portsmouth. In addition Cert Ed graduates may apply for membership to the Institute for Learning (IfL).
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
- 1 year full time (subject to approval), 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.
+44 (0)23 9284 5204
- School of Education and Continuing Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
The course is split into four units that are studied in one year (full time) or two years (part time).
Teaching Block 1 focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner. This involves learning about teaching concepts and developing practical skills in planning and delivering lessons to a high standard, as well as assessing students. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:
Unit 1.1 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.
Unit 1.2 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.
Teaching Block 2 is designed to enable you to establish a wider knowledge of the further education sector. You will research contemporary issues which are affecting further education as well as continuing to hone your teaching practice. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:
Unit 2.1 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.
Unit 2.2 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 aims to demonstrate good practice and therefore employs a range of styles which include seminars, workshops, lectures and active group participation. Your time in class will develop your skills and knowledge to inform your own teaching practice and help to develop your own teaching style.
The emphasis throughout the course is on inclusive learning and teaching combined with reflective practice within a teacher’s own specialist subject area.
How are you assessed?
Each teaching block you will complete two units of study, with each unit comprising between 2 – 3 assignments. On the full-time pathway you will take both teaching blocks (four units of study) during the year. On the part-time pathway you will take one teaching block (two units of study) each year.
Each unit has varying approaches to assessment. Examples include research based essays, teaching practice files, lesson observations and logging personal development which will be supported by reflective accounts.
This course is designed for subject specialists who wish to develop the skills to deliver effective learning and teaching to students. The course is highly demanding and highly rewarding as it requires its students to be in constant pursuit for standards of excellence.
Facilities & Features
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.
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.
Careers & Opportunities
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.
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.
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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Fees and Funding
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