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Teaching & Education

Mode of study HE Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Start date September 2020
Tuition Fee £4,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code PLR5CET001 (2022)
Runs on Wednesday

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  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    This course is designed for those who want to teach in a Further Education College, a Sixth Form College, a work-based learning setting, adult and community education, sector or in public sector training such as Police, Fire Service, Health Service or Prison Service. The equivalence of QTLS and QTS also offers a route into teaching in the secondary sector, particularly 14-18 curriculum.

  • Entry Requirements

    You should have Level Three in a subject that is clearly part of the further education training curriculum. You should have GCSE in English at a minimum Grade C or a Level Two equivalent. It is expected that if you do not already hold a Grade C or level 2 equivalent for maths then throughout the course you aim to be operating at level 2 by the end of the programme. You do not take the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths for this course. It is not required that you have accessed a placement or voluntary work in a Further Education College however such experience would be welcome. What is required is a clear awareness of the sector so think about your experience and use that in your application.

    Please read the Staffordshire University recruitment pack for further guidance on entry requirements and the application process.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course provides a variety of content and experience which will give you a range of skills and knowledge in the Further Education and Training sector. The course has been validated against the Professional Standards published by the Education and Training Foundation in 2014. The course is delivered one afternoon/twilight per week. In addition you will need to undertake 2-3 hours teaching per week (100 hours a year), this can be paid or voluntary and the College may be able to support you in finding a placement within its curriculum areas. The course consists of the following modules:

    • Teaching Learning and Assessment in PCET – 30 Credits at Level Four
    • Theories, principles and models in PCET – 30 Credits at Level Five
    • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment – 30 Credits at Level Five
    • Action Research and wider professional practice in PCET – 30 Credits at Level Five

    The course is delivered through a number of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. All tuition is face to face with tutors, although online resources and use of a virtual learning environment is part of the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support you.

  • How is the course assessed?

    There are no exams. Assessment consists of coursework eg reports, presentations, reflective accounts as well as observations of professional practice supported by portfolios of evidence. You will be assessed at Levels 4 and 5. You must pass all modules to achieve the award.

  • How much does it cost?

    £9,000 for UK and EU applicants, £12,250 for International students. Financial support is available through student loans. How do I apply? Complete an online application form You will only be selected for interview if you fully complete the online application form to include details of your qualifications, personal statement and provide two referees. Please apply early, this is a popular course.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online by clicking on this link where you will need to create an account as a new user. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Danielle Hatch

Danielle Hatch


I decided to do the PGCE, partly because my employer wanted me to and partly to increase my skills and qualifications. Teaching is a way of giving something back and sharing my knowledge with the next generation.

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Career Options

  • Further education teaching professionals

    Up to £40,000

  • Education advisers and school inspectors

    Up to £42,000


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