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Certificate in Education Post 14 Further Education and Skills — Part-time

Course outline

This course is designed for anyone who is teaching post-14 learners, paid or voluntary, in a further education (FE) setting, training establishment, special school, academy, prison or young offender institution.

The teaching will build on your experiences, enabling you to put new ideas into practice. The course is also suitable for those who are trainers as part of their role.

You will study at our Basford campus, however this may change to an alternative campus.

You will study the following modules:

  • Exploring the FE Teaching Role
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Learning Theories Applied
  • Professional Practice 2
  • The Curriculum Examined
  • Core Pathway: Examining Subject Pedagogy.

Please note that our modules are subject to change. The content of courses is reviewed regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and prospects.

You will learn through a mixture of coursework, observations of teaching practice, self-evaluation, reflective tasks, written assignments, presentations and some group tasks. Throughout the course, you will also deliver at least 50 hours of teaching.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
664 Nuthall Road

Start: Thursday 12th September 2024

Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £3,375

Course code: C051500 / Q051502


Certificate in Education Post 14 Further Education and Skills (Level 5)


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You must have:

  • A Level 3 qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
  • A Level 2 English and maths (English and Mathematics Level 2 equivalency qualifications will be accepted if recognised by the Society for Education and Training's QTLS eligibility.
  • At least 75 hours teaching per year, external applicants must have their teaching at Nottingham College.
  • A subject specialist mentor.
  • Photo ID
  • A copy of your DBS
Teaching & assessment

You’re required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you will engage with learning theory. You will be observed on your professional practice and take part in group and individual presentations, as well as formal academic writing.


After you have completed this course, this 120 credit Level 5/6 qualification enables you to achieve a full qualification to teach in the FE and skills sector (Post 14).

If you achieve a Level 5 Certificate of Education and wish to progress to graduate status, you may be able to top up with our BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF