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The course is a recognised course for those working in FE Colleges in NI and in training organisations.


Study Teaching at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Certificate in Teaching equates to one year of an undergraduate Level 4 coursemade up of 6 x 10 credit point modules. It is part of a range of teacher education and continuous professional development courses within the University of Ulster.

  • The overall aim of the course is to prepare teachers, tutors or trainers in the field of further education and training by supporting them in their initial year of employment.
  • The CIT is considered to be a pre requiste for the PGC FE and is required to be completed within the first year of taking up a position in an FE college or training organisation.

(See DEL Circular FE12/09 paragraph 4

  • Holders of the CIT qualification may not seek registration with GTC(NI).


Classroom assistants, teaching assistants and others with only a supporting role in education are not eligible to apply. Likewise training managers or administrators unless they can provide evidence of undertaking a direct teaching role.

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About this course

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This course is compulsory for those involved in post-16 teaching and caters for the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of individuals teaching in Further Education (FE) colleges and work based learning (WBL) organisations. The course is endorsed by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) as the recognised teaching qualification for those working in the post-compulsory teaching and training sector. The course is part-time and will amount to approximately 3 hours of lectures per week plus individual study time and students will be observed teaching in their place of work.

The course runs in both Jordanstown and Magee campuses

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The course covers one full academic year. (September to May) and as it is a professional course attendance will be monitored. Your attendance records may be released to your empoloyer uopon their request at the end of the academic year.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

To be eligible to apply all applicants should normally:

  • be deemed by their employers to be qualified to teach their subject area. That is they should have a degree or the highest qualification available in their subject area from a university in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
  • currently be in paid employmentin a teaching or training environment for at least 4 hours per week over one full academic year (Oct - May) with full teaching responsibility for a group of at least 6-8 learners. You will need a statement from your employer stating this. One to one teaching is not acceptable.



Applicants must be able to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English and Maths (GCSE grade C or equivalent). See DEL circular FE12/09 Annex A.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

The Certificate in Teaching is a complete programme and the student cannot be exempted from any part of the programme. Given the unique structure of the course in Ulster University it is not possible to transfer with exemption from another course or institution.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The course prepares the student to develop their professional practice and advance their teaching skills in further or post compulsory education and training. On successful completion of this course the student may be eligible to progress to the PGC Further Education if they meet the entry requirements.

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How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016


Course Director:

Dr Tracy Irwin

028 90 366 606