Further Education and Training CertEd

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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time (main site), 2 years part-time (partner colleges)
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019


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 higher 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 for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry requirements

​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


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures

How you'll spend your time

On the full-time version of this course, each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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.


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.

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. 

How to apply

Apply for this course using 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.


Apply for this course using 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.


Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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