Further Education and Training PGCE
PGCE Further Education and Training
See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.
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.
We have an Outstanding 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.
For further information and frequently asked questions, download our programme specification.
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 (Chichester or Crawley campus), St Vincent College, Isle of Wight College and Eastleigh College). While studying at our partner colleges, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.
Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at our main campus in Portsmouth, and spend time at a work placement each week.
Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once a week and secure your own teaching placement, where you'll teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.
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 and Training (SET) to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) status.
Bursaries and grants
You may be able to receive a bursary or grant awarded by the Department for Education to support your study with us.
Early application for funding is encouraged as bursaries and grants are awarded on a first come first served basis. For more detail, including eligibility criteria check GetIntoTeaching.
Pre-service bursaries, paid to you, are available in the following subjects:
- Computing, engineering (and/or manufacturing), maths, and science (including biology, chemistry, or physics): £26,000
- SEND: £15,000
- English: £12,000
In-service grants of £18,200, paid to your employer (eg FE college), will be available if you are training to teach English or maths, or to provide SEND specialist support.
For additional information on funding your studies, contact our Student Finance Centre
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
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. We'll also help you practice to deliver a good application and interview.
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.
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered.
- GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
- In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor. Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
- All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250
- EU students awaiting confirmation
- International students – £14,300
All fees subject to annual increase.
Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0)23 9284 5259.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 on this PGCE Further Education and Training degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits.
Core modules 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 modules 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
How you'll spend your time
Our PGCE course lasts 36 weeks, between September and June. You'll spend a third of your time in University-based sessions, and the rest of your time on the course working in one of our partner colleges.
In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
How you're assessed
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.