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The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. This could include a college of further education, a sixth form college or an organisation such as a private training company.

The programme has an excellent reputation and in 2007 we became the first post-compulsory teacher education provider in the country to be awarded an Ofsted Grade 1.

The programme is delivered through a partnership stretching across East and West Sussex that includes full-time courses at the University of Brighton (Falmer campus) and Northbrook Metropolitan College, and part-time courses at Brighton Metropolitan College, Sussex Downs College in Lewes and Eastbourne and Sussex Coast College in Hastings. 

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and there may also be an opportunity to gain masters-level credits. Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

Course structure

Students who opt for the part-time route must be working in the post-16 sector, and are normally expected to continue teaching for at least 50 hours per academic year for the duration of the course.

For the part-time in-service route you will be required to attend one half-day session per week during college term times, in addition to your regular teaching commitments. The full-time route is aimed at those who are not currently teaching and is a combination of taught sessions at the university and a teaching placement at an appropriate institution.

The full-time route is taught on our Falmer campus. The part-time route takes place at our partner colleges; Sussex Coast College Hastings, Sussex Downs College (Lewes and Eastbourne) and Brighton Metropolitan College.

Areas of study

The programme is delivered through seven modules on generic teaching and learning issues relevant to the post-compulsory sector, and reflecting the key areas identified in the new standards. It is endorsed under the Equipping our Teachers regulations 2007 originally managed by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK) but now under the control of the Institute for Learning (IfL). It meets the new Professional Standards for Teachers, Trainers and Tutors in the Lifelong Learning (post-compulsory) sector.

Syllabus

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Planning and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector 
  • Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning
  • Enabling Learning and Assessment 
  • Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
  • Action Learning for Subject Specialist Pedagogy
  • Professional Development and Wider Professional Practice
  • An introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in Education and Training 
  • Contemporary Issues in Education and Training
  • Teaching Practice in Education and Training
  • Reflective Practice in Education and Training
  • Action Research to Support Subject Pedagogy

Careers and employability

The course is part of the university's continuing professional development provision, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and others involved in training or development, whether professional or voluntary.

Credit-rated routes to the various awards enable students to build from certificate-level through diploma, first degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma to masters level.

Positions held by recent graduates include:

  • HE Learning Mentor at Sussex Coast College (2010 graduate)
  • Lecturer in Fashion Management with Marketing at Southampton Solent University (2010 graduate)
  • Lecturer in Photography at Exeter College with Faculty responsibility for curriculum enhancement (2011 graduate)
  • Course coordinator of Level 2 BTEC Creative Media Production at Alton College. (2012 graduate)
  • ICT lecturer at Northbrook Metropolitan College in Worthing (2013 graduate)
  • Science lecturer at Brighton Metropolitan College, (2013 graduate)

The teachers we train are:

  • highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
  • inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
  • quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
  • an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
  • well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

Visit the Further Education and Training (PGCE) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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