Teaching is an interesting and rewarding profession, one where you will use your enthusiasm and talents to really make a difference. This qualification will equip you to teach in the post 14 Further Education (FE) and Skills sector, which includes FE colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the NHS, offender learning, the Police service and in private sector training organisations.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training) is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the FE and Skills sector and the UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of a range of Colleges across the North West region. This will give you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field as you train to be a teacher. This PGCE will not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) , however, there are opportunities to work in secondary schools, including academies and free schools after completing this PGCE, especially so if you complete professional formation and gain Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This qualification is suitable for those who are already teaching (in-service) as well as those who are new to teaching.
You will be introduced to classroom fundamentals and important theories about teaching and learning. Your tutors will model inspirational teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching.
You will learn about teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing your practical and academic skills through reflective practice. Your teaching placement is an essential feature of the programme and you will work closely with your course tutor and subject specialist mentor both of whom will observe you teaching and help you to develop your practice and skills.
The Further Education and Skills sector offers a broad range of subjects. Your degree must be in the subject that you want to teach, and you must be willing to develop your subject specialist skills and knowledge.
If you wish to teach maths and English (Functional Skills) up to GCSE level in the sector, you should consider the subject specialist course provided by Burnley College.
The full time course takes one academic year and the part time course takes two academic years
Please contact the partner institution for information about fees
If you want to teach English or Maths, you will have to complete an additional entry assessment to demonstrate your content knowledge and skills. Please allow extra time for this as the additional entry assessment will take longer to complete and process than a standard application.
Highlights of the course
The course is comprised of 6 modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching in the exciting and ever evolving Further Education and Skills Sector. The course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning together with methods of teaching, learning and assessment. You will also learn about the underpinning educational theory to support your teaching practice and professional development as well as looking at wider perspectives in the Further Education and Skills sector and carrying out your own action research project.
Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching over the period of the course. On the part time course this is split into 75 hours for each of the 2 years.
Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course tutors and by a subject specialist mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. Your subject specialist mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of your curriculum subject.
If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement but this is not always guaranteed. You may need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.
As part of the last Ofsted inspection of this provision in 2015 Ofsted said “The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.”
Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In addition to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.
A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector, in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the National Health Service, the prison service, the police service and in private sector training organisations.
The PGCE course at UCLan is for those wishing to teach primarily in the Further Education and Skills sectors. Whilst this is not a specific school teaching qualification there are now employment opportunities in some schools, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects.
On successful completion of the course you can apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation which will enable you to be employed as a qualified teacher in a secondary school, academy or free school.
A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector. 69% of our July 2017 graduates are now employed in the sector. The national benchmark for graduates employed in the sector after completing their qualification is 60%.
If you would like to progress to a higher level course after completing your PGCE you may wish to consider the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Education, the Masters in Professional Practice in Education and/or a Doctorate in Education – all of which are available at UCLan.
How to apply
Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found on the right under ‘Partner Institutions’.
The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.
Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.
The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.
This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):
You can study full time at the following colleges: Blackburn, Burnley, Carlisle, Kendal, Runshaw, Wigan & Leigh and Wirral Metropolitan.
All of the partner colleges, with the exception of Kendal College and Runshaw College, offer the course on a part time basis.
If you find that the PGCE isn’t for you, you might want to consider one of UCLan’s other Initial Teacher Education courses including :
Comments from trainee teachers in various colleges
About class sessions
"Behavioural management discussion within the peer group is really helpful. We are all at the same level, so we can discuss each other’s ideas."
"The lessons about information technology and resources have really developed my practice, using iPads, Nintendo DS, mobile technology, even in traditional A level classes."
“Our taught sessions are fun and active.”
“Classes are always stimulating and challenging.”
“Tutors are really positive and have strong subject knowledge.”
“We get ideas for different teaching approaches and resources and feel our tutors model best practice.”
“It’s good to have been able to share experiences in class with other trainee teachers who teach different subjects in different placements.”
“Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I’ve ever had.”
"Action planning and creating personal goals after the observations are very helpful."
"The fact that we are teaching every week is very good, not teaching in blocks."
"I’m incorporating greater differentiation now, and more inclusion."
"Through delivering a lesson, my subject knowledge is stronger now. I understand my subject more and I have a wider perspective."
“Training classes and placement “feed into each other”.
“I’ve learned so much in one year - it physically helps me to do the job – I can pick up the strategy and use it in my lessons.”
“I’ve got lots of new and useful ideas about embedding maths and English skills – from the course, my peers and my mentor.”
“I feel the course is preparing me well to be a teacher.”
"Great moral support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable."
"I believe that throughout the course I have made a journey which has definitely helped me develop as a better teacher and has enriched my learning and teaching."
“If we feel a bit down, they pick us up and we wouldn’t have made it to now without them.”
“My confidence and self-esteem have rocketed.”