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Applicants applying for postgraduate initial teacher training courses will now need to apply through the DfE for entry in September 2022.

This programme enables you to meet the Professional Standards for the lifelong learning sector. It equips you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to teach a diverse range of learners, including those in the 14-19 age bracket as well as more mature students. In addition to developing your professional skills, you will be able to demonstrate secure subject and/or vocational knowledge in teaching.

Why study post-16 Teacher Training at UEL? 

  • High levels of support - Personalised professional support for every trainee, "ensuring that they develop good practice as a result" (Ofsted, 2012) 
  • Further training and development - Continue your professional development by applying for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.  
  • Diverse learning - You'll be become part of a richly diverse group of trainee teachers, with "an unwavering commitment to raising standards and aspirations in the communities in which they work' (Ofsted, 2012)

What makes this course different

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Professional qualification

This level 7 course provides you with a Professional Teaching Qualification (PGCE) that qualifies you to teach in the lifelong learning / post-compulsory sector.

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Teach in a variety of settings

The PGCE: PCET enables you to teach in a wide range of contexts outside of the core primary and secondary school environment, including Further Education Colleges, Adult and Community Learning Centres, Sixth Form Colleges, and Youth/Offender Services.

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Upon finishing the course, you'll have the opportunity to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have become a member of the Society for Education and Training and undertaken professional formation. Please note, UEL does not confer this status, but we can support you with the application.


  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice
  • Active Enquiry
  • College Based Learning


  • Core Modules

    Pedagogy and Professional Practice

    · To use mechanisms to identify areas of development within the chosen subject.

    · To select one area of development to improve expertise.

    · To implement strategies to develop subject expertise within the chosen area of


    · To understand pedagogy and its impact upon learning within the chosen subject.

    · To identify the different pedagogic models related to the chosen area of development

    · To develop and implement a pedagogic approach that is appropriate and relevant to

    context of the chosen area of development.

    · To reflect on the implementation of the pedagogic model and to identify modifications

    or adaptations for future practice.


    Active Enquiry

    • To develop knowledge and understanding of critical thinking, reflective practice and educational research;
    • To develop an awareness of action research - its processes, practices and relevance for reflective educational practice and change;
    • To develop knowledge of pedagogy, through primary research and the critical evaluation of theory and literature;
    • For trainee teachers to carry-out a classroom intervention informed by reading and research activity and to reflect critically on the process;
    • To demonstrate a practical appreciation of evidence-informed teaching;
    • To identify appropriate classroom strategies to develop learning and teaching which are informed through educational research, evidence and scholarship.
    • To apply classroom strategies informed by scholarship to a specific educational context and setting.

    College Based Learning

    This module focuses on the development of professional practice in a practical context. It provides an initial experience of teaching and learning in a Further Education or 6th Form College environment. This module focuses on best practice in post-16 teaching, based on current research.

    With the support of an experienced mentor this module aims:

    · to support trainees in understanding a range of key issues and curriculum initiatives

    related to teaching practice, and to implement this knowledge during their college-based


    · to enable trainees to meet the relevant FE Professional Standards;

    · to enable trainees to support students’ learning and development effectively in the



Theory and practice are interlinked throughout the course; you will have the opportunity to develop your skills through hands-on teaching practice, while completing written assignments to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of teaching. You will also engage in self-reflection and evaluate the teaching of others to develop and enhance your professional teaching skills and subject knowledge.


Course work in three modules:

  1. Pedagogy and Professional Practice (30 credits)
  2. Active Enquiry (30 credits)
  3. College Based Learning (60 credits)

Successful completion of the three modules will result in a Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) qualification.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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The PGCE course allowed me to develop the skills required to perform practically in a further education workplace, and also to understand the theory behind it. Having the placement alongside my learning gave me the ability to contextualise my lessons on a daily basis, which benefited my practice. The focus on teacher practice was invaluable to my development, as was the feedback given by the tutors and my mentor. The inclusion of the portfolio gave me a clear understanding of how to progress my career and professionalism by gaining QTLS. I now have a management position within the access department at my workplace.

Joe Withey

Post-compulsory Education and Training (PCET), PGCE

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This course gives you a practical qualification that ensures you meet the Professional Standard to teach lifelong and post-compulsory learners in a variety of contexts.

Many people continue to seek education after leaving school, whether they are adult learners looking for additional skills and qualifications, or younger students at a further education college - with this qualification you will be trained to teach across a variety of contexts, and will be equipped to find work in settings including:

  • Colleges of Further Education
  • Adult Learning Colleges/Centres
  • Community Learning Colleges/Centres
  • Prisons and Youth Offending Services
  • Sixth Form Colleges
  • Sixth Form Centres
  • Libraries

Your career opportunities will be diverse thanks to the wide applicability of the training and it can also be a steeping stone into other youth work, coaching and mentoring roles in different sectors.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.