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Post-16 and Further Education PGCE

Course Description

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

This course is for anyone who is new to teaching and needs us to find them a placement, or who is already working as a teacher or trainer and wants to become qualified.

The course maps to the National Framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education and is recognised by the sector body, the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is the Post-16 equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by EtF who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you

  • develop as a teacher
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
  • engage with the latest developments in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You will learn about the theory and practice of effective teaching and learning at Hallam, so that you can apply it to your teaching practice in placement. You will complete at least 120 hours of teaching over one year, and will be assigned a workplace/placement mentor to support you. During the course, your teaching will be observed eight times by your placement or workplace mentor. Your University tutor will carry out a joint observation with your mentor for four of these observations.

Key areas you will learn about on the course include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching strategies and approaches • behaviour for learning • using technology to enhance learning • progression against the Professional Standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • sixth form colleges.

After successfully completing the course, you gain either Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training, or a level 5 Professional Certificate in Education and Training. The level 7 qualification includes 60 credits at level 7 that can be used towards a masters course.

Course structure


  • introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
  • the learner experience
  • professional practice 1 and 2
  • exploring your specialist context
  • extending teaching for learning


  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments


We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • the voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities. 

Visit the Post-16 and Further Education PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need
• a good degree or equivalent
• level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*.
• experience of a Post-16 / Further Education teaching environment, that enables you to demonstrate awareness of your subject or specialist context in Post-16.
• the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor, will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them

Last Updated

03 August 2017

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