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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 2022


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​

CertEd Further Education and Training entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A level 3 qualification within your subject delivery area coupled with sufficient experience to establish professional competence. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered. 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.
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Further Education and Training 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.

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


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

  • Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching & Learning Programmes – 30 credits
  • Theories & Principles for Planning & Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject – 30 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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

  • Curriculum Design in a Specialist Area – 30 credits
  • Professional Practice in the Lifelong Learning Sector – 30 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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:

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 and funding

Tuition fees (2022 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 – £16,200

Part time 

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

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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.

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

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 £100 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.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.


How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

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

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

Apply for this part-time 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.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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