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Lifelong Learning Sector, PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report on our initial teacher education provision
  • If you want to teach in further education colleges, we help you specialise in your chosen subject* with 96% of our graduates gaining employment within six months
  • You will complete a minimum of 100 hours subject specific teaching experience in a placement college
  • You will be on placement 3-4 days a week.


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1 years full time

2 years distance learning



As a further education teacher you will have a range of career opportunities and will open doors for a wide variety of students, helping them realise their ambitions.

The quality of teacher training in further education was rated as 'Good' in Ofsted's report on our initial teacher education provision in 2016. "Mentors provide good support for trainees. They assess their skills well and challenge trainees to improve through good feedback following observations of teaching and in frequent meetings," the report found.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) will give you the skills to become a teacher in further education colleges. Here you will learn vital practice and classroom management. Training with us will lead to the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. Our PGCE LLS focuses on a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations. It also encompasses training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Degree structure

For the full-time mode, you will be placed in a college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

In Phase 1, you will be on placement three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. For the remaining two days, you will be based at the university campus.

In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week, and the university for the last day.

In total, you will complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience.

During your placement, you will be supported and assessed by a work mentor at the placement and a tutor at the university.

Meanwhile, your studies at the university will focus on pedagogic skills and knowledge. Here you will explore the theory that underpins teaching and learning. Throughout your assignments, you will also get to specialise in your chosen subject.

Subject work placements

We offer our full-time students placements in a number of subject areas. These include:

  • Animal care/science
  • Art and design, and art (3D/2D)
  • Beauty
  • Catering
  • Childcare
  • Construction
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Hairdressing
  • Humanities
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Photography
  • Sports science.

Please contact us for other subject areas that may not be listed.

Distance learning

For our distance learning option we give you the opportunity to study in your free time. We provide study guides and extra support via virtual learning, where you can access course material and interact with tutors and other students. You will also be supported by your own personal tutor throughout the programme.

To be eligible for our distance learning programme you must already be working in a teaching/training role, and all practice will be carried out within your current working environment. In addition to regular progress meetings, your tutor will carry out three teaching observations a year at your place of work. You will also have the opportunity to attend two optional study days.


  • 98% of students completing the programme in 2015–16 were judged as good or outstanding against the teaching standards (SED, 2015–16)
  • 96% of our students are employed within six months of graduating (SED, 2014–15).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) applicants should have:

  • 2.1 degree classification
  • AND GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

For the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) applicants should have:

  • 2.2 degree classification
  • AND GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

You will be required to: 

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a literacy screening assessment
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (full-time only) and an occupational health screening.

Additionally, for the distance learning mode:

  • You should be teaching/training for at least 100 hours over the course of the programme and have the support of a mentor who teaches your subject (or related subject)
  • If you are already in work-based training, your mentor should have at least three years' experience and provide a CV and a letter from their institution.

What people say

It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this course. It was run by an excellent group of staff who facilitated an equally excellent educational experience.

Darren Borg, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

The facilities at Avery Hill Campus are great! The library is excellent; it's well equipped!

Bridgette Neita-Bailey, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

My placement experience was excellent. The tutors were so supportive and caring. They helped us to achieve our aims. I believe it was due to their support I was able to achieve Grade 1 from the professional standards Ofsted framework. I know what is expected of me and my role as a teacher. I'm certain this will help me for my interview preparation.

Shabnam Bibi, PGCE Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

Extra information


The programme is entirely based on coursework and teaching observations.


Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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