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As a further education teacher, you will have a range of career opportunities and will open doors for a wide variety of students, helping them realise their ambitions.

The quality of teacher training in further education was rated as 'Good' in Ofsted's report on our initial teacher education provision in 2016. "Mentors provide good support for trainees. They assess their skills well and challenge trainees to improve through good feedback following observations of teaching and in frequent meetings", the report found.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) will give you the skills to become a teacher in further education colleges. Here you will learn vital practice and classroom management. 

Training with us will lead to the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. Our PGCE LLS focuses on a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare and community organisations. It also encompasses training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Degree structure

For the full-time mode, you will be placed in a college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

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 mentor at the placement and a tutor at the university.

Meanwhile, your studies at the university will focus on pedagogic skills and knowledge. Here you will explore the theory that underpins teaching and learning. Throughout your assignments, you will focus on your professional development through your teaching specialism

Subject work placements

We offer our full-time students placements in a number of subject areas. These include:

  • 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
  • Photography
  • Sports science.

Please contact us for other subject areas that may not be listed.

Distance learning

For our distance learning option, 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 throughout the programme.

To be eligible for our distance learning programme, you must already be working in a teaching/training role, and all practice will be carried out within your current working environment. In addition to regular progress meetings, your tutor will carry out teaching observations each year at your place of work. You will also have the opportunity to attend two optional study days.

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.


This qualification is mapped to the national professional standards for the sector. Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Visit the Further Education and Skills PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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