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PGCE Further Education and Training

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

By choosing to study for a PGCE in Further Education & Training, you can gain a Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)endorsed qualification. This can be used in your area of education, whether you teach in an FE college, work-based learning setting or public sector training such as the Police, Health Service, Prison Service and voluntary sector.


You may already be teaching or training in the Further Education Sector and realise the importance of constantly developing your skills. Alternatively, you may be looking for a first career in education or training or a career change that will allow you to build on your professional experience.


Whatever educational setting you work in, you will gain a range of skills which will make you a better teacher or trainer, as well as giving you an approved qualification to teach. If you are entering the sector for the first time it will equip you with practical skills and insights to establish you as a confident and credible teacher or trainer.

This programme is fully endorsed by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) who are the government body responsible for the National Professional Standards for Teaching and Learning within the Lifelong Learning Sector.

The National Professional Standards stipulate the minimum professional requirement in terms of knowledge, skills and professional values. Once you have completed this programme, and you have gained employment as a teacher, trainer/tutor in the sector, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status Learning and Skills (QTLS) as part of the professional formation process.


The course has six modules which give you a range of skills and knowledge from preparing for teaching, learning and assessment to subject specific teaching and learning. They also provide an opportunity for an award at Level 7, subject to achievement in the initial Level 6 modules. A Postgraduate Certificate in Education is available to trainees who achieve 60 credits at Level 6 and 60 credits at Level 7.

Having established essential knowledge and skills to determine your professional practice in the classroom, the subsequent modules cover broader topics such as evaluating the learner experience and curriculum design. An investigation into current issues in Post-compulsory Education and Training that are most relevant to each individual student's setting is also undertaken.


Assessment is through coursework and observations of teaching and training.

The assessment strategies are varied but have significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in the classroom or workshop, rather than 'academic' essays. Several modules are assessed through portfolios of evidence drawn from the trainee's practice and thus encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

During the programme each trainee will be observed eight times. These observations will be shared between tutors and work-based mentors. This approach offers the trainee feedback not only on generic aspects of teaching but also the teaching of their subject specialism.


Three accredited awards are available within the overall programme:

- Certificate of Credit (An Initial Award sometimes known as the LLUK Passport to Teach) (Level 6)
- An Advanced Certificate (also known as Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or CTLLS). This is an intermediate award for those working in an Associate Teacher role.
- A PGCE in Further Education and Training. This provides eligibilty for QTLS.

Under the regulations of the Department for Education for the sector, teachers within Sixth Form and FE Colleges must begin an LLUK recognised teaching qualification within two years of commencing employment. A recognised teaching qualification is essential to confirm the original appointment and without it promotion and progress is unlikely and job tenure may not be guaranteed.

For those candidates who may be experienced, and even qualified, within their professional sector, e.g. police and NHS trainers, undertaking a nationally recognised qualification will provide wider employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have an honours degree (2:2) in an appropriate subject, that is clearly part of the Post-Compulsory curriculum. Exceptions to this can be made and individual circumstances will be taken into account. For applicants with a degree in a subject not related to the post-compulsory curriculum, other suitable Level 3 qualifications may be considered. In line with LLUK guidance it is desirable for candidates to have GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.

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