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Further Education and Skills, PCE

This one-year PCE course will give you over 100 hours of teaching experience and prepare you for a teaching career in the further education and skills sector.

Our Further Education and Skills Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) provides the essential skills for teaching and classroom management in further education. We offer a number of subject areas in which you can specialise. Placements form an integral part of this course so you will spend a number of days each week at your placement college, gaining a minimum of 100 hours' teaching experience.

On successful completion of this one-year course, you can gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) professional status from the Education and Training Foundation by submitting a portfolio of evidence.

Course/institution codes

N/A

Department

Teacher Education

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years distance learning

Start month

September

UK/international fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • 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

I loved the experiences and learning environment of Greenwich Uni, it really helped me grow as a person. All my tutors and lecturers are amazing at their job! They guided me in the right direction and were there for me whether I needed academic or personal support.

- Christina Christoforou, Early Years, BA Hons

What you will study

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About the course team

We are an experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with latest research insight. Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy work, and 97 per cent of our faculty lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have:

  • Minimum of Level 2 in your chosen subject area vocational or professional qualification
  • Plus GCSE grade C/4 or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English.

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?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Learning experience

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

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.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

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.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Photocopying and poster prints for research presentation.
  • Travel costs to placement (can be up to 90 minutes from home).
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) charge of £53. The optional update charge is currently £13 (a DBS service to register a disclosure certificate to keep it active for future use).
  • Occupational Health check form to be completed by a doctor. Fee is set by the doctor's surgery.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

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.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

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.

Some students may be eligible to participate in the +Erasmus student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

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