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PGCE Further Education & Skills Sector

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

This PGCE focuses on teaching in a variety of settings, including colleges, adult education centres, and community organisations. The course helps you build your knowledge of pedagogy and develop vital classroom management skills. Full-time students can access placements in various subject areas, including animal care, art and design, beauty and hairdressing, catering, childcare, construction, leisure and tourism, humanities, photography and sport science.

We offer endorsements in the following subject areas, which is equivalent to a Level 5 diploma in the teaching of the subject area:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
  • ESOL and Literacy.

You will complete at least 100 hours of teaching experience (125 hours for ESOL and literacy). For distance learning, you must be in a teaching/training role, and all practice is carried out in your setting.

We also offer QTLS in partnership with the Society of Education and Training (SET), making us the first provider to offer this in London.

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Department

School of Education

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years distance learning

Start month

September and January

Home/international fees

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What you should know about this course

  • The full-time course is available in September. If you study by distance-learning, you can begin in September or January.
  • 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 100 hours of experience in a placement college.
  • 96% of our graduates gain employment within six months.
  • Contains 60 Masters credits that can be used within 3-5 years (subject to institution’s RPL processes) towards a part-time Masters in Education for direct entry into year 2.

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

The course team are experienced Further Education teachers and lecturers from a variety of specialisms. They are passionate about the role they play in supporting and producing new teachers/ lecturers for the Further Education and Skills Sector.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

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

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:

Further information about entry

Candidates must also:

  • Attend an interview at selection day (not applicable for distance applications) 
  • Complete diagnostic literacy task for all applicants 
  • Complete specialist literacy and numeracy tests for literacy/ESOL and numeracy teaching specialisms

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For distance programme equating to year 1 of the programme. Direct entry into Year Two is available for the distance programme with evidence of appropriate prior learning.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Learning experience

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

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'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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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?

80% of the programme is placement.

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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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.