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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 (30)
  • Active Enquiry (30)
  • College Based Learning (60)

Please see below for complete module descriptions.


  • Core Modules

    Pedagogy and Professional Practice

    This module is designed to develop your understanding of pedagogy and its impact upon learning within your subject specialism.  It will introduce you to different theories of learning, strategies for teaching and assessment, which will enable you to plan lessons and develop your practice to teach confidently within the context of your subject specialism. The course will provide opportunities for you to reflect on your knowledge and select one area of development to improve your expertise, and to contribute to developments at your placement. 


    Active Enquiry

    In this module, you carry out a small scale action research project in your teaching placement. You identify a learner with a specific need and develop and deliver a personalised programme of study with them.
    You use a number of frameworks, models, concepts, theories and strategies with the learner, and reflect on their development.


    College Based Learning

    The module requires you to produce and maintain a portfolio of evidence of your progress and development through the training year. This evidence is gained progressively through the teaching you do in placement, and the reflective practice you engage in on an on-going basis.


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.

60 of these credits may be carried forward onto further postgraduate level study e.g MA Education or MA Leadership in Education.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


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


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.