Further Education and Training CertEd

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UCAS Code
X301
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time (main site), 2 years part-time (partner colleges)
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

This Certificate in Further Education and Training (CertEd) course gives you a formal teaching qualification and prepares you for work in further education and training.

You can study this course full-time at the University or part-time at our partner colleges – Chichester College, Eastleigh College, Isle of Wight College, St Vincent College campus or Havant and South Downs College.

As well as learning the most effective techniques for teaching in further training and education, you'll also develop subject specific knowledge by working closely with course teachers and work-based subject mentors.

After the course, you'll be able to take up teaching roles in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, private training providers or top up your Certificate to a BA (Hons) Education and Training degree. You'll also be eligible for membership of the Society for Education & Training (SET).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop your skills as a teacher through practical activity and theoretical study around further education
  • Join fellow professionals from many different backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating an effective peer network where you can share ideas and experiences
  • Get more than 100 hours of work experience on teaching placements arranged by the University (full-time only)

Full-time course

The full-time version of this course is ideal if you're not already working in teaching.

If you study this course full time, the working hours are similar to a full-time job – times will vary but you'll generally be at the University or on placement from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Part-time course

The part-time version of this course is ideal if you're already working in further education.

If you study this course part time, you'll go to one of our partner colleges once a week. You'll also need to have a teaching placement with an identified subject mentor that includes at least 50 hours of teaching a year.

Our partner college websites have more information for the part-time version of this course:

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work in:

  • further education colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • private training providers
  • public services
  • voluntary organisations

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • A level 3 qualification within your subject delivery area coupled with sufficient experience to establish professional competence.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.
  • Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.

    See the other qualifications we accept

​Course costs

Tuition fees

Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0)23 9284 5259.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

This teaching block focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner. There are 2 units:

  • Unit 1.1 Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Programmes
  • Unit 1.2 Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject Area

This teaching block focuses on providing you with a wider knowledge of the education sector. There are 2 units:

  • Unit 2.1 Professional Practice
  • Unit 2.2 Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Are

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures

How you'll spend your time

Our Full Time Further Education Teacher Training Courses last 36 weeks, between September and June. One third of your time will be spent in University-based sessions, and you'll spend the rest of your time on placement working in one of our partner colleges.

Most University-based teaching takes place during the day on Fridays, though during the first few weeks of the course you are on campus every day. Generally, Monday-Thursday is spent at your placement college You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

See our partner college websites for details of the part-time version of this course:

How you're assessed​

You'll complete two teaching blocks over the course of study, with each teaching block consisting of two units. Each unit consists of two to three assignments.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • research-based essays
  • teaching practice files
  • lesson observations
  • logging personal development

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course full time in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – X301
  • our institution code – P80

If you want to start this course part time in 2019, you should use our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study. 

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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