Further Education and Training PGCE
PGCE Further Education and Training
Whether you're looking for a career where you can make a difference, or you're already employed in a teaching role and looking to start your postgraduate journey, our Further Education and Training PGCE will give you the skills and confidence to be a successful teacher in the further education and training sector.
When you graduate from the course, you'll have a recognised teaching qualification so you can work as a teacher in the further education and training sector, predominantly with students aged 16 and above. You'll develop your knowledge knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.
This Further Education and Training PGCE is available as a full-time programme on our campus. If you're already working in the field, you can choose to study on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Havant and South Downs College, Chichester College, St Vincent College campus, Isle of Wight College and Eastleigh College).
We have a good rating from Ofsted for our Further Education teacher training programmes, so when you graduate you'll be in a strong position to find work as a teacher in the further education and training sector.
If you're not currently in paid employment as a teacher, intend to specialise in Mathematics or English, and you have a relevant degree, you might be entitled to a bursary of up to £25,000 towards the full-time programme. You can find details at: Education and Training Foundation FE-ITT Bursary. For further information and frequently asked questions, download our FE ITT FAQ sheet.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education
- Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
- Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
- Gain work experience in a teaching placement
- Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
- Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers
Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at the university, and spend time at a work placement each week.
Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once each week and secure your own teaching placement, where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your further education and training skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in further and higher education. The course is also eligible for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.
Career opportunities include:
- Further education colleges
- Sixth-form colleges
- Private training providers
- Public services
- Voluntary organisations
The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. PGCE graduates can also apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0)23 9284 5259.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You may need to contribute additional travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of the internship or placement, and can range from £50 - £1000.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits
Core units on this course include:
- Curriculum design in a specialist area
- Planning, assessing and evaluating teaching and learning programmes
- Professional practice in the lifelong learning sector
- Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning in a specialist subject
There are no optional units in this year.
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
How you'll spend your time
Our PGCE courses last 36 weeks, between September and June. One third of your time will be spent in University-based sessions, and you'll spend the rest of your time on the course working in at least two of our partner schools.
Most University-based teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.