Further Education and Training (Cert Ed)

the United Kingdom

For more information about Further Education and Training at University of Portsmouth, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
Cert Ed

How long you will study
1 - 3 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

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About Further Education and Training at University of Portsmouth

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.

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).


You can study this course full-time at the University or part-time at our partner colleges - Chichester College (Chichester and Crawley campus), Eastleigh College, Isle of Wight College, St Vincent College or Havant and South Downs College. While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students' Union and our library's online resources.

Bursaries and grants

You may be able to receive a bursary or grant awarded by the Department for Education to support your study with us.

Early application for funding is encouraged as bursaries and grants are awarded on a first come first served basis. For more detail, including eligibility criteria check GetIntoTeaching. 

Pre-service bursaries, paid to you, are available in the following subjects: 

  • Computing, engineering (and/or manufacturing), maths, and science (including biology, chemistry, or physics): £26,000
  • SEND: £15,000
  • English: £12,000

In-service grants of £18,200, paid to your employer (eg FE college), will be available if you are training to teach English or maths, or to provide SEND specialist support.

For additional information on funding your studies, contact our Student Finance Centre  

Entry requirements

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.

What can you do with a Further Education and Training CertEd?

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.

What you'll study on this CertEd Further Education and Training course

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Academic skills 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


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 (October and June in 2020/21 only). 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:

  • Chichester College
  • Eastleigh College
  • Isle of Wight College
  • St Vincent College campus
  • Havant and South Downs College

How you're assessed

You'll complete two teaching blocks over the course of study, with each teaching block consisting of two modules. Each module 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.

Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

Full time (on campus)

  • UK/Channel Islands/Isle of Man students - £9,250
  • EU students - £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students - £15,500

Part time 

Students at franchise colleges: please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0) 239284 5259.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Accredited: Yes

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardCert EdHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 3 year
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Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) 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.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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