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The Certificate in Education course, validated by University of East London, provides trainee teachers with the knowledge and practical skills to teach learners in the lifelong learning and skills sectors. The qualification is aimed at trainees who are already in a teaching position, or who wish to teach in further education, post-16, sector in colleges, academies and for private training providers.

The further education sector is dynamic, fast-paced and evolving. It’s an exciting time for teachers in this fulfilling profession. The Certificate in Education is a high-quality programme of initial training. Trainee teachers are equipped with the latest theory and practical skills to enable them to help their learners’ progress and achieve.

This course has a strong vocational focus and is taught in combination with your teaching commitments, including work-based mentoring and observations. With this focus, students gain a deeper appreciation of teaching methodology and their own specialism.

Upon completion students are able to teach in further education and apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Currently 22% of further education lecturers the Greater London area are over the age of 55. Demand for new lecturers is high, so it could be the right time to consider this career.

  • Award: Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
  • Application method: Apply directly to Havering College
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Validating Body: University of East London
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a Certificate in Education from University of East London (UEL). Programmes are validated by UEL and are subsequently revalidated as appropriate.
  • Professional body accreditation: Successful completion of this courses satisfies the academic requirement for students to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Upon graduation, students are able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) in order to obtain QTLS status.

Work placements

Students are expected to be in a teaching role throughout the course in order to gain the experience needed to complete their qualification. Students who do not have a current teaching role are responsible for finding their placement prior to the start of the course. You will require a mentor at your place of work who will instruct, observe and develop your skills.


The course runs on Monday evenings from 4-8pm, with tutorials available as needed between 8pm and 9pm. The exact days are subject to change and timetables will be available in your student handbook at the beginning of the course.


You will learn through a combination of taught sessions and tutorials:

  • Taught sessions will provide you most of the fundamental pedagogical theory.
  • One-to-one meetings/ tutorials, with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progress.

Independent learning When you are not attending lectures, tutorials or working in your placement, you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments, lessons, support material and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and learning zone.

Overall workload Per week in years one and two you will typically have:

  • 4 hours of taught sessions
  • 1 hour set aside for tutorials when needed

Over the course of each year, you will spend 59% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
  • Independent learning: 102 hours Students will be expected to comp

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points* from Level 3 qualifications which include A levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate or Access to Higher Education Teaching qualification.

*Based on new UCAS points system used from 2017

Additional requirements:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications, or a commitment that you are working towards these qualifications
  • You will be required to undergo a two-stage interview process
  • A DBS check will be required, payable by the student at a charge of £44

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

To apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team for a copy of the Teacher Education application form. We can be contacted on 01708 462833 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where will it take me?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a lecturer in a further education setting, teaching lifelong learning and skills-based courses. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the further education sector industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

At the end of the course, teachers should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant educational theory
  • Set realistic and challenging learning objectives for students, which take into account learners’ needs and the demands of the specific curriculum under which they are working
  • Select and use a range of teaching methods enabling all learners to progress
  • Design, plan and implement schemes of work
  • Identify barriers to learning and find ways to overcome these
  • Differentiate teaching and learning to meet the needs of all learners, including those with special educational needs
  • Meet the professional standards required
  • Demonstrate subject expertise
  • Use a range of resources to enhance lessons
  • Use a range of assessment strategies to monitor and evaluate students’ learning and employ these to help students to progress towards their learning objectives
  • Provide support to learners

Course Modules

Modules are taught at levels 4 and 5, and the qualification combines both.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector: Reflective Practice, Classroom Craft and Planning
  • Learner Support in the Lifelong Learning Sector: Professional Values and Sector Context
  • Learning from Policy Context and Practice
  • Assessment and Feedback in Learning and Teaching

Each module in year one is worth 15 academic credits.

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Active Enquiry
  • Portfolio of practice and Professional Learning

Each module in year two is worth 30 academic credits. Students take modules worth 30 credits per semester, 60 credits each year. The full qualification is worth 120 credits.

The overall outcome for the course is pass or fail.

Course Assessment Method


Assessment for learning takes place throughout the sessions and is designed to examine students’ understanding of the pedagogy and requirements of summative assignments. There will be formal, or summative, assessment at the end of each module. Assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assignments and formal teaching observations. The grades from these assignments will count towards your module mark. In addition to your module marks You will also be required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practical teaching and pass eight formal lesson observations over the duration of the two-year course.


You will receive feedback on all observations and summative assessments within four weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must pass all modules and lesson observations in order to complete the course and gain your qualification.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Course books - you will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • A DBS check at a fee of £44
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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Accrediting Body

University of East London

2020-21 Course Guide

Havering College Course Guide 2020/21

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Ofsted 2016 Report