I chose to do my PGCE in post compulsory with Christ Church as a full time one-year course. It was an intensive year, but the course allowed me to bring my own skills and update them for my new role.

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Our PGCE Further Education course prepares you for a career in the lifelong learning sector, equipping you with the appropriate skills and knowledge, as well as making you eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).

We accommodate all subject specialisms through our PGCE, and deliver them alongside partner colleges which offers both flexibility and that you are being taught by the best subject experts. Generic skills are also covered, meaning that on completion you could work in a number of settings - from sixth form colleges through to prison education. 

The PGCE Further Education 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.

Entry requirements

You should have a good honours degree at 2.2 or above 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.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

All about the course

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

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 six modules:

· Introduction to teaching and learning

· Enhancing teaching and learning

· Developing English, Maths and ICT

· Reflection and Research for teaching and learning

· Curriculum design for inclusive practice

· Developing practice.

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.

During the course you will be given the opportunity to study three of the modules at Master’s level, giving a maximum of 60 level 7 credits.

You can then apply to bring these into a relevant Masters.

How you’ll learn

Full-time students will spend the first four weeks of the course at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning. Following this, students will spend three

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 one 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 students will attend three workshop days at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop generic teaching and learning skills. Following this, students will spend one day a week on placement focusing on the same elements as mentioned previously for the full-time course. 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, students will be supported by a curriculum mentor on placement as well as a personal tutor from the University.

There is a part-time PGCE cohort at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. Compulsory taught sessions are held every Wednesday throughout the academic year

By qualifying as a teacher with the PGCE FE you could be opening a pathway to a rewarding, varied and exciting career in this vibrant and invaluable sector. You will be working with a huge variety of learners, helping them to succeed in qualifications that will make a real difference to their professional lives. The PGCE FE has a long and successful record of high achievement. The course will encourage you to think critically and you will be supported by a dedicated and professional team throughout the programme. The six modules you will cover are designed to complement and enhance your professional practice.


Your future career

Upon successful completion of the programme you can teach in a variety of further education settings, including sixth form colleges, adult and community learning settings, work-based learning and prison education. 


Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 / year N/A

Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

Subject bursaries are available in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Languages
  • Biology

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £26,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computing

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

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