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Further Education & Training

Certificate in Education and PGCE (19 Plus Only)

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Availability & Details

Certificate In Education and PGCE (19 Plus Only) - Year 2 Mon 17.30-21.30 SP-EDTRL4-G(2223)2A1

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Higher Education, Part Time

12-Sep-2022 - 26-Jun-2023 (weeks)

Examination board
University of Portsmouth

Certificate In Education and PGCE (19 Plus Only) - Year 1 SP-EDTRL4-G(2223)1A1

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Higher Education, Part Time

14-Sep-2022 - 28-Jun-2023 (weeks)

Examination board
University of Portsmouth



The Certificate in Education/Post Graduate Certificate in Education is a recognised teaching qualification that will enable you to pursue a career as a teacher in the Further Education and Training Sector, which is predominantly students aged 16 and above.

This course will develop your skills as a teacher through in-service training and the study of theories and contemporary issues within Further Education. You will join fellow trainee teachers from a range of subject backgrounds for a taught session once a week. 

You are expected to have secured your own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per academic year and have an identified subject mentor who will support your professional development.

Cost: £2,095 per year.

You will require:

– A good honours degree or equivalent in your subject delivery area coupled with sufficient experience to establish professional competence. (A degree is not a prerequisite for the Certificate in Education pathway)
– GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent
– All short-listed applicants are subject to interview
– All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The course is split into four teaching blocks that are studied over two years. Year 1 focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner, this will be delivered and assessed via teaching portfolios and the following two units:


  • Module 1.1 – Planning, Assessing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning Programmes – This unit encourages you to understand how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods, as well as start developing your own personal and professional skills.
  • Module  1.2 – Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning in a Specialist Subject Area – In this unit you will examine a range of teaching and learning theories, learn how to plan and develop inclusive learning into your lessons and understand how to use a range of communication and classroom management skills.


Year 2 is designed to enable you to establish a wider knowledge of the Further Education sector. You will research contemporary issues which are affecting Further Education as well as continuing to hone your teaching practice. This will be delivered and assessed via teaching portfolios and the following two units:


  • Module 2.1 – Professional Practice – This unit encourages you to review the development of your personal and professional skills and research into a specific area of current policy in education and training.
  • Module 2.2 – Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Area – In this unit you will develop an understanding of how to evaluate and improve your own practice. You will also focus on personal practice development through an action research-led project focused on learning and teaching strategies within a specialist subject area.



The course encompasses a range of teaching styles which include seminars, workshops, lectures and active group participation. Your time in class will develop your skills and knowledge to inform your own teaching practice and help to develop your own teaching.

The emphasis throughout the course is on inclusive learning and teaching combined with reflective practice. 

This Cert Ed/PGCE provides the skills and knowledge to take up teaching roles in Further Education environments, including:

  • Further Education Colleges
  • Sixth Form Colleges
  • Private Training Providers
  • Public Services
  • Voluntary Organisations


For each teaching block you will complete two units of study. Each unit has varying approaches to assessment. Examples include research based essays/reports, teaching practice portfolios, lesson observations, presentations and personal development reviews which will be supported by reflective accounts.

On completion of the course, students go on to teach in Further Education organisations, however, those wishing to undertake further academic study may wish to top up to a BA (Hons) Education and Training at the University of Portsmouth. In addition, PGCE graduates may apply for membership to the Society for Education & Training (SET).

The course is taught by a team of specialist lecturers, highly experienced in the field of education.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student