Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) L5/6

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) L5/6

UCAS Code: PGCE Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 11/09/2023    
UCF University of Surrey


About the course

The Professional (Graduate) Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a part-time, in-service teacher training programme accredited by the University of Surrey (subject to final approval).

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 up-to-datelearning and assessment strategies.

Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for those wanting to teach in Primary or Secondary Schools (unless you ONLY teach 14+)


Fee Per Year £3000

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.

Contact Us

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

Your course

How will I be taught?

Structure and Attendance
This is a two-year, part-time course on one afternoon per week for two years.

What modules are covered?

There are 4 x 15 credit modules each year:

Year One

  • Planning for Teaching and Learning
  • Assessing Learning
  • Understanding and Managing Behaviour
  • Theories of Learning and Inclusion

Year Two

  • Continuing Professional Practice
  • Developing Wider Professional Practice
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Action Research

How will I be assessed?

Candidates 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?

To provide an initial teaching qualification for those working (in-service) within the Further Education and Skills Sector (FE & SS) and a route into becoming a professional practitioner with the opportunity to progress on to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The programme follows a work-based model and as a consequence links theory and practice in each module and develops each trainee teacher’s ability to improve and develop their knowledge, critical understanding of well-established principles and the way those principles have developed, along with the skills of current pedagogical approaches in their own area of specialism.

In addition, trainee teachers are required to critically reflect on their own personal and professional values, skills, and knowledge in line with the Department for Education Core Content Framework for  Initial Teacher Education and the Professional Standards devised by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

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.

Your future

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.

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.

You NEED to have a degree to join this programme.

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
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • Teaching of Groups of 8+ Students
  • Teaching A Variety of Topics/Levels (14+)
  • Subject Specialist Mentor

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Course Enquiry

Please contact us through the form below. After submitting a form we will contact you as soon as possible. We will delete your information one month after the beginning of the next academic year.



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