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Cert Ed and PGCE in Further Education and Training

This is the ideal course for those who want to pass on their skills and knowledge, nurture future generations, and work within the education sector. This part-time professional teaching development course is for teachers, lecturers, instructors and many others working in the education sector. South Downs College is offering this course in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth. Find out how to apply for Education and Training.

Entry Requirements

Cert Ed

Applicants must possess and be able to evidence each of the following:

  • A minimum Level 3 qualification within their subject delivery area, coupled with sufficient experience to establish professional competence
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Confirmation of 50 hours teaching per year of the course
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

PGCE

Applicants must possess and be able to evidence each of the following:

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • Confirmation of 50 hours teaching per year of the course
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Please note: all course offers are subject to successful interview. See FAQs sheet for further guidance on applying for the course.

Course Content

The course is split into four units that are studied over two years.

Year 1

Year 1 focuses on developing you as a teaching practitioner. This involves learning about teaching concepts and developing practical skills in planning and delivering lessons to a high standard, as well as assessing students. This will be delivered and assessed via the following two units:

  • Unit 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.
  • Unit 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

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 the following two units:

  • Unit 2.1 Professional Practice: this unit encourages you to review the development of your personal and professional skills, develop a career management file and research into a specific area of your teaching.
  • Unit 2.2 Curriculum Design in a Specialist Subject Area: in this unit you will learn about the range of contexts in which education and training are offered, analyse theories and models of curriculum design and understand how to promote equality within practice.
How will I be taught?

South Downs College aims to demonstrate great teaching through example. Therefore, this course incorporates a range of styles, including seminars, workshops, lectures and active group participation. The emphasis throughout the course is on inclusive learning and teaching, combined with reflective practice within your own specialist area.

How will I be assessed?

Each year, you will complete two units of study. Each unit will comprise of two or three assignments and has varying approaches to assessment. Examples include research-based essays, teaching practice files, lesson observations and logging personal development – supported by reflective accounts.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will be supplied with a reading list at the beginning of the course. Although the suggested books will be available via South Downs College or you University’s libraries, you may wish to purchase some of the text books for future reference. Please note: this is not a course requirement.

What qualifications will I get?

This is a University of Portsmouth qualification which is delivered locally at South Downs College. This means you become a student of both institutions, which has significant benefits as you are able to access facilities and resources in both places.

Successful students will gain a recognised teaching qualification that will enable you to pursue a career as a teacher in the further education or training sectors. The part-time course route is designed for teachers who currently work in further education and training sector.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

This course 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.

In addition, PGCE graduates may apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Course Information

Please visit the University of Portsmouth website for further information about the course and to apply

Further Information

On this course, you will join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds. This creates a peer network where a variety of teaching practice can be shared. You can apply this theory and discussion to your own teaching practice.

During the part-time route, you will attend College once per week. You are expected to have secured your own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor.

Confused about student loans and anxious about getting into debt? Read the Government Student Loans guidance for clear explanations on how the student loan can benefit you.

HNC/HND/Foundation Degree

If you would like to apply for a Higher Education course, you will be required to pay the advertised fees in full. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to a government approved Student Loan. You would need to apply to Student Finance England directly to receive this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • Your course of study (if you’ve studied a higher education course before)
  • Your age
  • Your nationality or residency status.

Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. To receive Tuition Fee Loans or grants, you will have to be under the age of 60 years at the start of the course.

The course must be one of the following to be eligible for the loan:

  • a Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert Ed)
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England as follows:

  1. Set up a student finance account online.
  2. Log in and complete the online application.
  3. Include details of your household income and ask your parents (or partner) to support your application, if needed.
  4. Send in proof of identity, if required.
  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within six weeks.

For more information on courses or the Student Loan please contact our Admissions Team via 023 9279 7979 or email admissions@southdowns.ac.uk


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