Further Education and Training PGCE

Overview

Whether you're looking for a career where you can make a difference, or you're already employed in a teaching role and looking to start your postgraduate journey, our Further Education and Training PGCE will give you the skills and confidence to be a successful teacher in the further education and training sector.

When you graduate from the course, you'll have a recognised teaching qualification so you can work as a teacher in the further education and training sector, predominantly with students aged 16 and above. You'll develop your knowledge knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.

We have an Outstanding rating from Ofsted for our Further Education teacher training programmes, so when you graduate you'll be in a strong position to find work as a teacher in the further education and training sector.

Location 

This Further Education and Training PGCE is available as a full-time programme on our campus. If you're already working in the field, you can choose to study on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Havant and South Downs College, Chichester College (Chichester or Crawley campus), St Vincent College, Isle of Wight College and Eastleigh College). While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at our main campus in Portsmouth, and spend time at a work placement each week.

Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once a week and secure your own teaching placement, where you'll teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education
  • Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
  • Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
  • Gain work experience in a teaching placement
  • Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
  • Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers

What you'll study on this PGCE Further Education and Training degree course

Core modules on this course include:

  • Curriculum design in a specialist area
  • Planning, assessing and evaluating teaching and learning programmes
  • Professional practice in the lifelong learning sector
  • Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning in a specialist subject

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • research based essays
  • teaching practice files
  • lesson observations
  • personal development logging and reflective accounts

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in further and higher education. The course is also eligible for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Private training providers
  • Public services
  • Voluntary organisations

The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. PGCE graduates can also apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. We'll also help you practice to deliver a good application and interview.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

PGCE, Cert Ed Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Qualifications or experience

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor. Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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