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PGCE Post-Compulsory Education (Part time)

Course Description

This part-time programme will help students develop the generic skills needed to teach their own subject, or develop generic and specialist subject skills in either Mathematics (including Numeracy) or English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Degree information

Through taught sessions and mentored teaching practice in the workplace you will learn about employment in the sector, how to plan lessons in your subject, how to teach, engage and assess learners, how to manage the learning environment, and how to understand and use theory and research to broaden and improve your professional knowledge and expertise in teaching.

Four compulsory core modules, of 30 credits each.

60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level), 60 credits at level 7 (Master’s level). It is possible to exit the programme at level 6 or level 5 (foundation/diploma level) if level 7 is not achieved or appropriate. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Planning and Enabling learning and Assessment
-Theories and Principles of Teaching and Learning
-Curriculum Design: Principles and Practice
-Professional Enquiry

All students on this programme will undertake a teaching practice placement and your development as a classroom teacher will be assessed as part of the course. You will spend at least 120 hours, working with subject-specialist mentors who support you through your placement. We are fortunate to have a good choice of colleges and other providers, as well as some outstanding mentors in the field of post-compulsory teaching, with whom we work.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via taught sessions, (including lectures, presentations, discussions, and classroom group tasks), and a practical teaching element based in a partner-provider organisation, usually a further education college. You are also required to read widely and to carry out written assignments in your own time. The programme is assessed through written assignments, module tasks and formal and informal observations of practical teaching skills.


Graduates of this programme are currently working for a very diverse range of employers. They typically gain employment as lecturers, classroom teachers and/or managers in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, secondary schools, independent training providers, adult education services and prisons. The programme can also serve as route towards higher qualifications.

This course will help you gain employment in a wide range of educational settings in the post-compulsory sector, in other industrial and professional contexts, and also, increasingly, in schools. As well as learning improved subject-specialist knowledge and expertise in pedagogy and assessment, you will gain a wide range of highly transferable ‘people skills’ which are essential for teachers: including empathy, patience, listening, cultural awareness and sensitivity. Through your teaching practice placement, you will also gain awareness of aspects of workplace life and the norms of professional behavior, around respect for others, equality and diversity, health and safety, rights at work, line-management and appraisal, inspection and quality assurance procedures, etc.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The post-compulsory teacher education programmes at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) are designed to meet the training needs and qualification requirements of people who are working or would like to work in the post-compulsory sector.

Our post-compulsory PGCE qualifications are recognised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provide a basis for higher qualifications, such as Master’s degrees and professional doctorates.

Following their most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2013, our post-compulsory programmes were deemed outstanding and given a Grade 1 (the highest possible grade).

Visit the PGCE Post-Compulsory Education (Part time) page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on an individual basis. No experience of teaching is required. If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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