Pre-Service Certificate in Education (CertEd) (Education, Training and Skills Sector)

The pre-service programme is designed for those who are not currently teaching but are suitably qualified and who would like to work in the lifelong learning sector. The sector includes further, higher and adult education, community and youth services, the health services, uniformed services (the armed forces, prison, the police and fire services), and private trainers and large organisations with their own training departments. It also includes provision for teaching 14 to 16-year-olds in some subjects. Successful candidates may apply for status as Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS). Recent changes to legislation now enable some holders of QTLS to teach in schools. This is a full-time course, normally completed in one year. Students will spend two days per week with other trainee teachers, following a course of academic study on principles of teaching and learning. Up to three days per week will be spent in a placement within their specialist area working with a range of students and building skills and confidence as a teacher.

Course Code H1613/1

What will I study?

The programme is run in partnership with the University of Hull leading to a Certificate in education.

The modules studied cover all the fundamental skills of teaching, facilitation of learning and curriculum development.

  • Principles and practice in post compulsory education
  • Practical teaching and learning
  • Exploring subject specialist teaching
  • Advanced professional practice in context

The College will aim to organise for you a suitable work placement in the local area. You will need to record a minimum of 100 hours of teaching.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes written work, posters, presentations and personal development portfolios. You will be regularly observed teaching, and this is an essential element in the assessment process.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The programme includes taught sessions, tutorials, online, teaching practice experience, visiting speakers, seminars, and a conference at the University of Hull.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff Profile: Kelly Ackroyd
Kelly has over 16 years experience working in education, from Early Years to further and higher education. Her research interests are teacher education, blended learning and technology and inclusion. She is currently studying for a PHD focussing on creativity and innovation in teaching. 

Entry requirements

  • A qualification at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level three or above in the area that you teach (for example, A-Levels, HNC, HND, CGLI advanced, NVQ level three/four)


  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

On successful completion of the full course you will be awarded a Certificate in Education.

Teaching – though this may be undertaken in several different contexts associated with post-16 education from FE colleges, to prisons and including voluntary sector community organisations.

Credit points for each module may be used in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme to progress to higher level courses such as our BA in Education and Professional Development.

Additional information

Alternative routes to qualification are via our part-time certificate in education PGCE or the Level Three Award in
Education and Training.


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