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Further Education, Learning and Skills (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a recognised teaching qualification for graduates who want to teach in sixth form colleges or within any part of the learning and skills sector, including adult training. 

You’ll spend most of your week on a local practical placement in the classroom and learn important teaching skills whilst at the university.  

This post compulsory PGCE specialises in further education (FE), learning and skills, it will prepare you to teach in further education and adult training settings.  

On this UK PGCE in further education, you’ll develop skills in: 

  • behaviour management 
  • planning 
  • delivering activities 
  • assessing learning activities  

You are required to dedicate 4 days a week to a placement and taught study. You’ll spend 3 days a week at your placement and at least 1 day at university. As part of your practical placement, you’ll work to meet the Professional Standards for Qualified Teach Learning and Skills (QTLS – FE), with support from us.  

Whilst studying your PGCE FE with us you’ll learn: 

  • principles and pedagogy 
  • professional values 
  • to understand teaching 
  • to be the teacher 
  • the foundation to teaching and learning in further education and training 

You’ll study the theory and practice of education from the perspective of learners, teachers, administrators, policymakers and other key stakeholders in the system of formal education. 

As part of this qualification, you’ll undertake a short research project aimed at improving an aspect of teaching and learning. 

You’ll complete this further education PGCE course as a reflective, research-led teacher who can analyse your own practice and continue to progress while training and throughout your career.  

Course lead

This course is led by Dr Pauline Dixey. Pauline manages a partnership of local colleges delivering the PGCE – FE. Their previous experience includes managing in further education and work based learning and is experienced in inspecting and quality improvement in education and remains contracted as an Ofsted Inspector. Learn more by visiting Dr Dixey’s staff profile


This course is accredited by:

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Society for Education and Training (SET)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.