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Post Compulsory Education

About the Course

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start Date
September - full-time
April - part-time

Written assignments and work-related assessment tasks including supervised teaching observations during the course.


University tuition fees apply. Click here for up-to-date information on tuition fees.

Progression opportunities
MA Professional Learning and Education
CPD courses

Contact details
Phone: 01227 863458

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The PGCE Post Compulsory is a professional course that will qualify you to teach in the lifelong learning sector. This sector offers you a breadth of potential employment routes including Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning and prison education.

Subject areas

The PGCE accommodates all subject specialisms. However an on offer of a place on the course is subject to CCCU securing a placement for you in your subject specialism area within one of our partnership colleges.

What will I study? 

The modules you will cover in your studies are designed to complement your professional practice and the academic study you undertake will inform and be informed by your practice. You will study the following 6 modules:
  • Introduction to teaching and learning
  • Planning, teaching, learning and assessment
  • Wider professional development
  • Professional sector skills
  • Curriculum design for inclusive practice
  • Enhanced studies
You will develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning, as well as honing your subject specific teaching skills. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the functional skills of English, numeracy and ICT and will be able to integrate these into your teaching.

Masters level credits

During the course you will be given the opportunity to obtain Masters level credits. You will be given the option to study three of the modules at level 7, obtaining 120 credits towards out Masters in Professional Learning and Education (MAPLE).

Professional placements

Full-time students will spend the first 4 weeks of the course at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning. Following this, you will spend 3 days a week on placement focusing on the practical elements of teaching, developing your skills in the delivery of your subject specialism as well as being thoroughly prepared for employment in the sector. The remaining 1 day a week is spent at University allowing full integration of theory and practice, and an opportunity to reflect and debate upon the diverse range of experiences with which you have engaged.

Whilst on placement you will be supported by a curriculum mentor as well as a personal tutor from the University. The placement is fully supported by the placement institution and the University – you will be offered guidance, advice and tips to support your professional development and practice.

Part-time student will attend three workshop days at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop your generic teaching and learning skills.  Following this, you will spend 1 day a week on placement focusing on the same elements as mentioned previously for the full-time programme. Each module will consist of attendance at three workshop days supported by e-learning in between each workshop over a two-year period from the start of study.  As in the full-time route, you will be supported by a curriculum mentor at your placement as well as a personal tutor from the University.

Qualified Teacher Status  

The course is designed for those seeking employment in the Post Compulsory sector and those who obtain the PGCE will not be eligible for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) required for teaching in the compulsory sector. The programme is endorsed by Lifelong Learning UK and those obtaining the PGCE will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Entry Requirements

You should have a good honours degree and demonstrate competence regarding communication, literacy and numeracy. In your personal statement you will need to indicate sound reasons for wanting to teach in post compulsory education and have a clear awareness and experience of the sector. You should also have academic and/or industrial and commercial experience to demonstrate involvement with young people or adults in the community. Offers of a place are made after an interview and in order to be selected for interview you should meet the entry requirements mentioned.

Important Information 

Offers of a place are only made after an interview. All offers are subject to placement .At the interview the selection criteria include:

  • an awareness of the world of Post Compulsory education and realistic expectations on what a career in this area might involve
  • demonstration of practical knowledge about Further Education e.g. shadowing experience
  • production of a satisfactory written piece relating to the profession
  • overall enthusiasm, openness, perception about their own experience, a capacity to work collaboratively, initiative energy, self confidence, potential for persistence, capacity for empathy
  • potential interpersonal skills for classroom teaching and management
  • the candidate’s academic and/or relevance of industrial/commercial experience

How to Apply

> Faculty of Education Website