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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    01 August 2018

Course content

Whether you're looking for a career where you can make a difference, or you're already employed in a teaching role and looking to start your postgraduate journey, our Further Education and Training PGCE will give you the skills and confidence to be a successful teacher in the further education and training sector.

When you graduate from the course, you'll have a recognised teaching qualification so you can work as a teacher in the further education and training sector, predominantly with students aged 16 and above. You'll develop your knowledge knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.

This Further Education and Training PGCE is available as a full-time programme on our campus. If you're already working in the field, you can choose to study on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Havant and South Downs CollegeChichester CollegeSt Vincent College campusIsle of Wight College and Eastleigh College).

We're rated excellent by Ofsted for our teacher training programmes, so when you graduate you'll be in a strong position to find work as a teacher in the further education and training sector.

If you're not currently in paid employment as a teacher, intend to specialise in Mathematics or English, and you have a relevant degree, you might be entitled to a bursary of up to £25,000 towards the full-time programme. You can find details at: Education and Training Foundation FE-ITT Bursary. For further information and frequently asked questions, download our FE ITT FAQ sheet.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education
  • Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
  • Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
  • Gain work experience in a teaching placement
  • Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
  • Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers

Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at the university, and spend time at a work placement each week.

Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once each week and secure your own teaching placement, where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your further education and training skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in further and higher education. The course is also eligible for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Private training providers
  • Public services
  • Voluntary organisations

The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. PGCE graduates can also apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


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

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