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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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Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

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Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Additional mandatory costs

Fees for 2016-17 Entry

All CIT students must undergo teaching observations. The arrangements surrounding these observations will decide which level of fees an applicant must pay.

FE Supported Applicants ONLY -Teacher Tutors in colleges are trained by the University to work to an agreed standard for classroom observations. Normally this will involve suitably qualified staff appointed by employers undertaking a mentoring programme of study with Ulster. Students who are paying their own fees, but whose college has agreed to carry out their observations will be charged as follows:

£14.32 per credit point x 60 credit points = £859.20

This is the same rate that colleges will pay for students who are also having their fees paid by their employer.

Fees for Non Supported FE Applicants and WBL Applicants -Those outside the FE College partnership (FE employed students who are NOT having their observations covered by the college, and ALL WBL employed students) will be required to undertake a University supervised observation. This will incur an additional fee of £300 pounds for the Certificate in Teaching.

Therefore for non-FE supported CIT applicants the fees will be £859.20 + £300 = 1159.2

Payments can be made over 5 instalments or 10 instalments (for self-funding applicants ONLY, employers will be invoiced).

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Dr Tracy Irwin

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6606