Further Education PGCE

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  • PGCE Further Education, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • PGCE Further Education, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 14160 per year

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This course gives you a practical qualification that ensures you meet the Professional Standards to teach lifelong and post-compulsory learners in a variety of contexts.

Many people continue to seek education after leaving school, whether they are adult learners looking for additional skills and qualifications, or younger students at a further education college - with this qualification, you will be trained to teach across a variety of contexts and will be equipped to find work in settings including:

  • Colleges of Further Education
  • Adult Learning Colleges/Centres
  • Community Learning Colleges/Centres
  • Prisons and Youth Offending Services
  • Sixth Form Colleges
  • Sixth Form Centres
  • Libraries

Your career opportunities will be diverse thanks to the wide applicability of the training and it can also be a stepping stone into other youth work, coaching and mentoring roles in different sectors.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

The PGCE course allowed me to develop the skills required to perform practically in a further education workplace and to understand the theory behind it. Having the placement alongside my learning gave me the ability to contextualise my lessons daily, which benefited my practice. The focus on teacher practice was invaluable to my development, as was the feedback given by the tutors and my mentor. The inclusion of the portfolio gave me a clear understanding of how to progress my career and professionalism by gaining QTLS. I now have a management position within the access department at my workplace."
Joe Withey

Post-compulsory Education and Training (PCET), PGCE

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice (30)
  • Active Enquiry (30)
  • College Based Learning (60)

Please be aware that this course is currently being updated in line with DfE changes to this teaching qualification. Module content may vary from the current information. The framework and end qualification will stay the same.

How you'll learn

Theory and practice are interlinked throughout the course; you will have the opportunity to develop your skills through hands-on teaching practice while completing written assignments to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of teaching. You will also engage in self-reflection and evaluate the teaching of others to develop and enhance your professional teaching skills and subject knowledge.

The course begins with an intensive training period of university-based taught sessions before you are inducted into placement. The majority of the year is spent in one placement with one day a week at university but you will also spend a minimum of 20 hours at a second, complementary placement to gain a broader understanding of the different settings within the sector. We work with a wide range of partnership colleges and learning providers in the East London and wider London area to give you access to the best placement experiences and mentoring to support you in your training year.

How you will be assessed

Course work in three modules:

  1. Pedagogy and Professional Practice (30 credits)
  2. Active Enquiry (30 credits)
  3. College Based Learning (60 credits)

Successful completion of the three modules will result in a Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education) qualification.

60 of these credits may be carried forward onto further postgraduate level study e.g MA Education or MA Leadership in Education.

Your teaching placement experience*:

From September 2024, you will be required to teach a minimum of 150 independent teaching hours (at least 100 hours have to be in your subject specialism). You will also be required to undertake 100 hours of ‘placement experience’ which could comprise of meetings, training, observations of other teaching, student assessment activities and extra-curricular involvement.

You will be supported by a UEL tutor as well as a subject specialist mentor and a pastoral (‘local’) mentor in your placement throughout the year and, between them, they will carry out 10 lessons observations. Your placement mentors will also submit a termly review report of your progress.

On successful completion of the course, trainees are eligible to apply for QTLS as a member of the Society of Education and Training. Please note that UEL does not confer this status but will support you in your application.

*We will provide support in finding you a suitable placement with our partnership colleges within the London area. Whilst we will make every effort to source a placement close to your home, please note that you should be prepared to pay for and travel anywhere within the wider London area and up to 90 minutes each way. If you have a provisional placement agreed or have a preference for a particular college, please make this known at the application/interview stage.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.