Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The Professional (Graduate) Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a part time, in-service teacher training programme run through the University of Greenwich.

Some modules are available via Online Attendance.

It provides a great opportunity for those new to teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector and those teachers who already have some experience who want to develop their teaching skills and become fully qualified. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop effective practice and gain up to date knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment strategies.



Tuition £3000 per year

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

Structure and Attendance
This is a two year, part time course and there are two modes of delivery. You can either attend on one afternoon per week for two years. Alternatively, if you have a degree and some teaching experience, you can choose the ‘Distance Learning’ option, in which you attend for 16 sessions in the evening over the two years.

What modules are covered?

Year One

  • Core Skills
  • Lesson Planning
  • Planning for a course
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Theories and Principles of Assessment
  • Learning Theory
  • Theories and Principles of Managing Challenging Behaviour

Year Two

  • Policy and Curriculum Issues
  • Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise

How will I be assessed?

Candidate will be assessed on the basis of written assignments for each module and will be observed in their teaching practice on four occasions in year one and four occasions in year two.

What training will be provided?

The aims of the programme are:

  • To Provide An Initial Training Of A High Quality For Practising And Intending Teachers And Trainers In The Lifelong Learning Sector
  • To Provide Teacher Education Which Is Flexible, Supportive, Challenging And Rewarding
  • To Respond To The Changing Needs And Requirements Of Employers In The Lifelong Learning Sector
  • To Encourage The Growth Of Professionalism In The Lifelong Learning Sector Through The Active Promotion Of Professional Values

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

Once you have completed your PGCE, you can apply for a Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills status. QTLS is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

As this is an in-service teacher training programme, you will need to already be teaching in an appropriate educational establishment for a minimum of 50 hours for each year of the programme. You will also need to have a Level 3 Subject Specialist qualification.

All candidates will be required to attend an interview before joining the programme. Interviewers will seek evidence of:

  • 100 Hours Of Teaching (Over Two Years)
  • L3 Subject Specialist Qualification
  • Teaching Of Groups Of 8+ Students
  • Teaching A Variety Of Topics/Levels
  • Subject Specialist Mentor
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