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Level 5 Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

2 years

Central Saint Michael’s


Course summary

This two-year Level 5 Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) course is for those who wish to complete their formal Further Education (FE) teaching qualification. You may be coming from industry and wish to teach in the Post 16 sector (either privately or within Further Education colleges) or you may have been an unqualified lecturer for some time wishing to gain your full teaching qualification.  

Course requirements

You must have at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject area that you want to teach.

You must have English GCSE at Grade C/4 minimum. Alternatively, a Level 2 English qualification will be accepted.

You must have Maths GCSE at Grade C/4 minimum. Alternatively, a Level 2 Maths qualification will be accepted.

You will complete Maths and English assessments as part of the interview process for the course.

You must secure 120 hours of teaching over the two years – about 60 per year – and provide written confirmation of this.

Year 1:

Module 1: Introduction to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Module 2: Subject Specific Studies

Module 3: Professional Development 1


Year 2:

Module 1: Subject Specific Studies and E-learning

Module 2: Curriculum Policy and Practice

Module 3: Professional Development 2

120 hours of teaching across the two years.


Course hours are every Tuesday, 9am - 4pm. Costs are TBC.

Applicants must have access to teaching hours for the duration of the 2 years.

You will be assessed by practical tasks, academic written assignments, poster presentations and teaching observations.

Following the Level 5 Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) programme, you can top up to the BA (Hons) Degree in Post Compulsory Education, and then progress to the MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Learning.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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