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Certificate in Education(CertEd)

This teacher training programme is for individuals who wish to gain a nationally recognised Level 5 teaching certificate in the post compulsory sector.

Course details


Important You can read a comprehensive guide to this course containing full details in our Course Information Guide.

The Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector) is a Level 5 teaching qualification which has a teaching/training practice requirement.

This course is ideal if you work, or want to work as a teacher or trainer in the further education and skills sector; if you are in or want to start a career in a teaching or training role; if you are a teacher or trainer who is seeking career progression in your area of work. This programme is a recognised Full Teacher Training qualification, eligible for QTLS application on completion.

What's covered?

A variety of teaching strategies are used, such as group interaction, paired and individual work, one-to-one seminars, guest speakers, support from subject specialist mentors and regular tutorial input. A range of interactive technologies are taught and are available for use by trainees.

Structure of the Course

  • Part-time programme
    • Study four modules per year, eight modules across the two year programme
    • One evening per week in college
  • Full-time programme
    • Study eight modules in one year
    • Two days in college, two on placement


  • Principles of teaching and learning
  • Developing teaching and learning
  • Behaviour management
  • Enabling learning by assessment
  • Theories and principles in pedagogy
  • Developing resources for inclusive practice
  • Wider professional practice
  • Action research project

How will my work be assessed?

Assessment dates fall in both semester one & two. Trainees complete a variety of assignments including portfolios of teaching practice, presentations, case study, seminar and research project. Trainees need to complete a minimum of 100 hours teaching during the course, and will have eight classroom-based observations carried out by the ITE team to co-inside with each module.

What can I do after this?

After completion of the course you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher: Learning and Skills status (QTLS). QTLS is equivalent to but distinct from QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) for ages 5-11 or 11-18 in schools.

  • Hold a Level 3 qualification in their chosen subject specialism
  • Hold GCSE maths and English at C / 4 grade or above, or equivalent (numeracy or literacy at Level 2, such as Functional Skills, Learn direct etc – Evidence of this will be required during the application cycle
    • We will consider applicants holding overseas qualifications that are equivalent to those described above. For an assessment of overseas qualifications contact National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC). If NARIC deem your English language qualification not to be equivalent to a GCSE grade C or above, you must hold an IELTS qualification with a minimum score of 7 in each element.
      NB: Applicants must hold these qualifications before applying for the course
  • A minimum of 100 hours of teaching across the duration of the course (50 hours across each year of study for part-time) during which you have full responsibility for planning, delivering and assessing specific area/s of the institution’s provision. The placement should be within a local school teaching 14-plus students, a local sixth-form teaching post-16 learners or a local college teaching post-16 or adult learners
  • A mentor in the workplace who is a qualified teacher/lecturer (i.e. PgCE or Cert Ed) and where possible is a subject specialist in the same area as the trainee teacher. Where the mentor is not a subject specialist the trainee teacher will require the support of a named subject coach
  • A completed Teaching and Mentor Hours form from your workplace which you will be provided with prior to our diagnostic event to confirm both of the above
  • A 500-word written piece, prescribed following application and returned to the ITE team prior to or at interview (for details please contact
  • Satisfactory initial assessment in literacy and maths. You will be invited to one of our diagnostic events where you will undertake a one hour online diagnostic assessment at L2 for both English and Maths. Applicants are expected to achieve a score of 50% in order to be made an offer onto the course. Therefore, we encourage you to do some revision prior to this session. You will find GCSE revision guides or functional skills books at level 2 suitable. There are also a variety of websites for practice materials, we recommend:
  • Work placements within an educational or community environment will require an enhanced DBS check. Evidence of this will be required during the application process

Additional Entry requirements – Part Time

You must be working in a paid educational position.

Additional Entry requirements – Full time

You must secure a suitable teaching placement. Whilst the ITE team will give advice on how to apply for positions we do not provide you with teaching placement. It is the responsibility of the prospective trainee to arrange their own placement.


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Part-time - two years (one evening per week). Fees per academic year for home and EU students.

This award is validated by the Open University.

  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Attendance Part time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Provision Higher Education
  • Cost £2250.00
  • Cost details Cost will be £2,250 per year.
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Full-time – one year (two days in college). Fees per academic year for home and EU students.

This award is validated by the Open University.

  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Provision Higher Education
  • Cost £7750.00
  • Cost details Cost will be £7,750 per year.