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PGCE Further Education

Year of entry

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for September 2020.

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.

We also run a full-time and part-time PGCE programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and a part-time PGCE programme held at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

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 course is endorsed by Lifelong Learning UK and those obtaining the PGCE will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

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 6 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 Master’s degree, such as MA Education or MA Transformational Leadership. 

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, students 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 students will attend three workshop days at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop generic teaching and learning skills. Following this, students will spend 1 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.

Part-time at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

There is a part-time PGCE cohort at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London which started 2014-15 academic year. Compulsory taught sessions are held every Wednesday throughout the academic year.


2020/21 tuition fees for this course

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

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 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

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for September 2020.


Apply via UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North London

To apply for a course at The College of Haringey Enfield and North East London, you will need to apply directly to the University using our online application form. 

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 your 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
  • your academic and/or relevance of industrial/commercial experience.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time


  • September 2020

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.




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