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
- 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.
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:
This course is based at Highfield.
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.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This PGCE runs for 12 months, starting in September. We take 15 to 20 students per academic year onto the course.
You’ll spend 3 days a week in your placement and at least 1 day a week at the university.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll spend 3 days of the week on placement, learning in the classroom environment. We’ll allocate your placement based on the subjects you are able to and want to teach. You’ll typically be at one college for the whole course, but will have opportunities to experience college life at other placement locations.
When you’re at the University, you’ll learn through:
- lectures and seminars - you'll learn key theoretical concepts
- small group meetings and tutorials
- one-to-one tutorials
- video lessons
- case studies
- fieldwork resources
The course starts with teaching:
- practical and planning skills
- how to develop teaching resources
- how to identify and support student needs
You’ll then focus on research and critical analysis of teaching and learning activities, course planning and the management of teaching in further education learning and skills sector.
You’ll plan, deliver and assess learning activities and understand the learning process to this sector.
There’s a range of opportunities to practice and evaluate your own developing skills, referred to as micro-teaching. We’ll support you as you develop so that you meet the academic study requirements.
We'll assess you through a combination of:
- written assignments
- classroom observations
Throughout your studies, you’ll receive verbal and written feedback to help you to improve your practical teaching skills.
You’ll undertake a short research project aimed at improving an aspect of teaching and learning.
You’ll have a personal academic tutor throughout all aspects of the course and you’ll also be supported by a subject specialist mentor whilst in placement.
Additional support is also available from a university link tutor who will be an experienced and practicing teacher located at your placement college. This person is also familiar with the requirements of the PGCE – FE at Southampton and can offer you additional guidance on academic requirements if required.
This course will prepare you for a career as a teacher in 6th form colleges and an adult education teacher in learning and skills training.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
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Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
PGCE course applications are processed through UCAS. When you apply, you'll be taken to the UCAS website where you'll need to register an account with UCAS to submit an application. For information: there is a plan to move PGCE courses from applying through UCAS onto a DFE system.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
UCAS process applications for this course. When you apply, they'll give you details of any supporting information or documents you'll need to submit.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
Following application through UCAS you will hear back by email from the University. The University has 40 working days to respond to your application, but you will almost always hear back much more quickly than that.
If you are selected for the next stage of the process you will be invited for an interview at the University. The interview process includes an opportunity to find out more about the course and to ask questions. You will give a short presentation, complete a short written task and have a face-to-face interview with tutors. Following the interview, we'll make a decision on whether or not to offer you a conditional place. The decision will be uploaded to UCAS within 5 working days of the interview date.
Interviews will take place online if they are not possible in person. You'll receive an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
All offers are conditional on enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000