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Lifelong Learning Sector, PCE Undergraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you want to teach in further education, we help you specialise in your chosen subject*
  • Get hands on, subject-specific teaching experience in a placement college
  • 96% of our graduates gain employment within six months of graduating.

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1 years full time

2 years distance learning



The most exciting time in a person's education is when they embark on studies for their chosen career path.

If you want to become a teacher in further education, our Professional Certificate in Education will give you the skills you need for teaching and classroom management.

Whether you want a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations, this programme will lead to the essential qualifications required. We also encompass training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Our Professional Certificate in Education is available in a full-time or distance learning mode.

The full-time programme will see you based in a placement college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. "The proportion of trainees who achieve an outstanding grade is very high and has increased over the last three years" the report stated.

Subject specialisms

We are currently able to offer placements to full-time students in the following subject areas:

  • 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
  • Sports Science
  • Photography
Please contact us for other subject areas that may not be listed.

Degree structure

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 pedagogical skills and knowledge. Here you will explore the theory that underpins teaching and learning and throughout your assignments, you will get to specialise in your chosen subject.

Distance learning

For our distance learning mode, 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.

To be eligible for our distance learning mode you must already be working in a teaching/training environment, and all practice will be done 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. We also offer two optional study days.


Our full-time Professional Certificate in Education begins in September at our Avery Hill Campus, the distance learning mode has January and September intakes.


  • 98% of students completing the programme in 2015/16 were judged as good or outstanding against the teaching standards (SED, 2014/15)
  • 96% of our students are employed within 6 months of graduating (SED, 2014/15)

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

You should have a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject.

Examples of vocational qualifications are:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • CACHE Level 3 diploma
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ Level 3.

GCSE English language with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent is also required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

You should have a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a relevant vocational subject.

Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Candidates will be required to:

  • Undertake selection tests and an interview (full time mode)
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and occupational health screening (full time mode)
  • For the distance learning mode, you must 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

Thanks to University of Greenwich for a fascinating year, I thoroughly enjoyed the on the job training and meeting new people. I was even able to re-live the student life, whilst preparing for a rewarding new career in teaching.  

Salima Abdallah
PGCE Life Long Learning

Extra information


The programme is entirely based on coursework and teaching observations.

Professional recognition

After the successful completion, this qualification can lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) from the Education and Training Foundation through the assessment of a portfolio of evidence.


Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the lifelong learning sector, including college, community and professional environments.

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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Avery Hill Campus

Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

TFL buses frequently run nearby.

Ample 'pay and display' parking on campus.

Campus bus service between campuses.

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