Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Further Education and Skills, PGCE

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will give you the skills to become a teacher in further education colleges.

Our PGCE will help you achieve your goals. We focus on teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare and community organisations. The PGCE also encompasses training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. The course focuses on building your pedagogic skills and knowledge, as well as helping you to gain the vital practice and classroom management skills to carry out high-quality learning.

We offer those studying full-time a placement in a variety of subject areas. These include animal care, art and design, beauty and hairdressing, catering, childcare, construction, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), leisure and tourism, literacy and numeracy, humanities, photography and sport science. You will complete at least 100 hours of teaching experience. For distance learning, you must be already in a teaching/training role, and all practice is carried out in your current working environment.

Course/institution codes

2MM4

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years distance learning

Start month

September and January

UK/international fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its report on our initial teacher education provision.
  • You can specialise in your chosen subject and gain over 125 hours’ experience in a placement college.
  • 96% of our graduates gain employment within six months.
  • If you study full-time, you will be on placement three to four days a week.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Further Education and Skills. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. All of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

For the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) applicants and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) applicants should have:

  • A 2.2 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Level 3 qualification in relevant subject if degree is not in a relevant subject
  • GCSE English at C or above or equivalent.

Candidates must also:

  • Attend an interview (not applicable for Distance Learners)
  • Undertake a screening assessment
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Direct entry into Year Two is available for the distance programme with evidence of appropriate prior learning.

Professional qualifications and Brexit

The UK's departure from the European Union may affect the professional recognition of your qualification.

How you will learn

Learning experience

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions.

Class sizes

We offer personalised learning with small tutor groups of 25. The typical student intake per year averages 45. Lectures are normally attended by 45, and seminars/tutorials by 20-25.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework and presentations, lesson planning and action research. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including the education societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

The course is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions by your mentor and tutor, and you will need to pass all courses.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

For information about distance and blended learning fees please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

As part of our core course, you will be based in a placement college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

How long is my placement?

In Phase 1, you will be there for 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. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this time. 

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 125 hours of teaching experience.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course can pursue a teaching career in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Our tutors provide personalised support.

Accommodation information

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