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What makes PGCE in Further Education (FE) at Worcester special?

The PGCE in Further Education at Worcester is a teaching qualification. It provides access to excellent learning and training opportunities across the FE sector: further education colleges, schools (14-19), work based learning and adult and community settings. The course is suitable for graduates who want to train to teach in the post 14 sector which is celebrated for the diversity of its learners, learning locations and subjects on offer.

Trainees who complete the course will be eligible for apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Training and Skills) with the Society for Training. This is an additional qualification which is undertaken after the PGCE. It is equivalent to QTS and is suitable for those who may consider teaching post-14 learners in the schools sector.

The course is designed to provide generic core content on teaching, learning and assessment. This is complemented by subject specialism content which is delivered in smaller subject groups.

Collaborative working features across all aspects of course teaching and teaching practice; this approach is key to making the course successful, stimulating and enjoyable.



Key Features

  • Teaching placements in relevant settings to support effective subject specialism development
  • Focus on current Professional Standards throughout the programme
  • Progression route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) (equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Highly skilled and experienced tutors
  • A cohesive programme which successfully links theory and practice through carefully chosen teaching, learning and assessment activities
  • Collaborative, research-informed learning tasks


The course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training which are sector standards promoted by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)


Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants must upload evidence of English Language and Maths GCSE C/4 (or equivalent) before the start of the course. Applicants who do not have the necessary GCSE grades (or equivalent)  can take an equivalency test which must be passed by the start of the course. Applicants who are eligible to receive financial incentives (bursaries and grants) will not receive payments until the qualification evidence for English Language and Maths has been provided.

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Additional requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this.  You may already be part of the DBS update service. Find out about the update service here. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List.
  • A check against the Prohibition List.
  • If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
  • An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education.
  • International students: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

Other information

To help you prepare for your interview you can expect questions covering the following:

  • subject knowledge for teaching the subject curriculum in an FE setting 
  • your ability to critically reflect on prior experiences in relation to professional development
  • your understanding of the nature of the FE sector in the UK and the role of a teacher
  • examples of how you have overcome challenges and shown resilience
  • how you plan to meet the demands of the course/teaching.

In addition, we are looking for enthusiasm, commitment, and potential. Clear verbal and written communication skills are integral to this which you will have an opportunity to demonstrate throughout the interview.

  • Interviews will be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

All applications for PGCE should be made via the Government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Additional useful information is available on the Government's Get Into Teaching website.

Course content

What will you study?

You will complete core studies which covers an introduction to Further Education, learner characteristics, the curriculum and planning teaching and assessment. You will extend your knowledge and understanding through the study of research informed practice and subject pedagogy in the second module.

Semester 1

Mandatory module

  • Learning Teaching and Assessment in FE and Skills

Semester 2

Mandatory module

  • Curriculum, research-informed practice and professionalism in FE and Skills

Across semesters

Mandatory module

  • Teaching practice module

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Explore subject knowledge from  learning and teaching perspectives
  • Build knowledge and expertise in working effectively and confidently with learners in your subject

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Support to become an active member of your subject community
  • Guidance to create a personal subject specialism knowledge and skills framework


The FE and Skills sector offers a huge range of teaching subjects, levels, course designs and qualifications. To support your development as a subject expert we offer subject cluster training days which are tailored to individual aspirations and sector demands. Specialist pedagogy within your subject will be explored and examined in depth. You will also use and develop your subject specialism teaching skills in your teaching placement alongside your subject mentor and others. Current subjects are listed as follows:

  • PE and Sports Science Cluster
  • English, Literacy and ESOL Cluster
  • Health and Social Care Cluster
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in FE Cluster
  • Art and Design
  • Performing Arts

Professional Studies

  • Develop adaptive teaching strategies to respond to the unique needs in a range of contexts, leveraging the diversity inherent in colleges and other providers.
  • Be informed by the research and evidence about effective teaching at a general level before applying this knowledge to subject-specific approaches
  • Learn the expectations, standards and behaviours which are appropriate to the profession and the wider responsibilities of a teacher.

Teaching Experience

  • You will undertake at least 150 hours of practice in a Post 16 setting and Teaching Practice, this will take place in one setting.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner   
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to qualified teacher with opportunities to progress to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) via the Society for Education and Training
  • Prepare for progress with your Masters with 60 credits at Level 7 and experience of a research active culture

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The PGCE in Further Education Programme enables you to become a research-informed, reflective and professionally confident practitioner. The course is designed to support trainees of varying experiences, needs and backgrounds.  Teaching brings together the different strands of collaborative learning with peers, mentors and university tutors to support learning and development in professional studies and subject specialist contexts.

You are supported to reflect on your learning within theoretical frameworks and develop assignments and an electronic portfolio of evidence for assessment. This model enables you to effectively acquire the knowledge and skills needed to teach within your subject specialism and meet the sector’s Professional Standards.

Approaches to learning are reflective, experiential and participatory and include university taught and tutorial sessions and teaching practice mentoring and observation activities.


University taught sessions include interactive workshops, seminars and lectures.

Seminars enable discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and activities.

Teaching practice is supported by mentoring and observation processes. Mentoring provides one to one discussion and action planning with a focus on subject specialism pedagogy. Observations include formal and informal opportunities for feedback and dialogue to support professional development. As a result of observation processes, targets (mapped to Professional Standards) are set and monitored. This supports your development of practice.

Throughout the course, the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard, and e-portfolio system, Pebblepad, are used to provide the following:

Access to tasks and resources; support teaching practice, progress tracking; personal critical reflection and facilitate peer discussion throughout the course.

Contact time

Contact time is based on the Education and Training Foundation guidance. This guideline is followed by all HEI providers offering this course.

Your time will be spent on average 3 days a week on teaching placement. University learning time is scheduled for 2 days a week on average and you will be either attending taught subjects or completing self-directed study during this time.

Independent self-study

In addition to contact time, you are expected to undertake around 8 hours  of personal self-study per week. Typically this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on teaching preparation and evaluation of teaching practice, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments, presentations and collaborative tasks.


1 year full time – on average 2 days at university and 3 days at placement and additional self-study


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team who have expertise and knowledge of teaching and learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector. All tutors are experienced teachers and many have worked in research and management roles within the sector and hold Fellowship of the HEA. The expertise of university tutors is extensive, and informed by recent and relevant pedagogical research. Many tutors have academic writing profiles having engaged in published research. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of formative tasks. Formative tasks will generate content that can be used in formal, end of module assessment.

Assessment methods include presentations, observation and critically reflective writing tasks which reference reading. 

Formal course assessment comprises 2 assignments and a professional portfolio 

The programme aims to train you to meet the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in FE and Skills. Two assignments provide the opportunity to gain 60 credits at Master’s level. The course is an holistic model with frequent re-visiting of themes, topics and skills. 

The modules are: 

Module 1: Learning Teaching and Assessment in Further Education and Skills 

This module covers taught sessions in Semester 1 and culminates in Assignment 1 which is submitted towards the end of Semester 1 and is assessed at Master’s Level 

Module 2: Curriculum, research-informed practice and professionalism in FE and Skills 

This module focuses on practice, research and professional experience in the later part of the course and develops skills you will need to be a research- informed practitioner. The module culminates in the submission of Assignment 2 which is submitted in the later part of Semester 2 and is assessed at Master’s level.

Professional Portfolio to evidence progress against the Professional Standards

This portfolio focuses on evidence of your teaching practice.

The course is assessed as pass or fail and you need to pass all three components to successfully complete the course. You need to pass all three components to successfully complete the course.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Lucie Clewer

Lucie Clewer

Lucie has a degree in outdoor education and environmental studies. She is also a highly trained and experienced Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader and has a range of work experience in sports and public services.

“The course works well because there are strong links between theory and practice – I was able to apply class-based learning on placement and learn from placement experience too. The subject specialism sessions gave me a good grounding in  Sport curriculum, practice, and research. The biggest impact of the course has been the confidence I have gained – I know I am a great teacher and I can’t wait to start my career.”

Lucie is starting a full-time permanent post at her placement college in September. Her goal is to teach and continue to develop her leadership experience.

Gemma Wilkes

Gemma Wilkes

Gemma has a degree and work experience in marketing and decided to make a change and train to teach learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Gemma applied to Worcester because it offers SEND as a subject specialism. Gemma was able to develop both teaching and academic knowledge and skills whilst on the course, “The course provided the support and challenge I wanted to progress my career – to start with I was out of my comfort zone with academic work but with feedback and support I have done well. The placement provides an extended period of practice and I felt part of a team. My biggest achievement was teaching my learners online – it was essential to keep learners engaged and active and I developed some great strategies to support this.”

Gemma is starting a tutoring role with a Birmingham FE College with a focus on working with the engagement of young learners. She has also applied for a Master’s course at Worcester.

Sian Hutchings

Sian Hutchings

Sian has a strong academic background in Art and Design to Master’s level and a passion for sharing her subject with communities, young learners, and undergraduate students.

Sian applied to Worcester as the course design and Worcester’s location appealed to her. Sian has enjoyed the collaborative style of the taught and practice aspects of the course, “ The collaborative learning opportunities have been great – with peers, placement colleagues, and course tutors; my mentor was a fantastic support and went the extra mile to support me. The connection to reflective learning has been an important part of my learning too; it made such a difference to the quality of my learning at University and at placement.”

Sian is starting a part-time teaching role in her placement college in September and has a goal to develop a career teaching in FE.


Devan Crawford

Devan Crawford

Devan has a degree in Outdoor Education and Leadership. He has experience of teaching learners in SEND settings and this fuelled his interest in the course. Devan applied for the course so that he could progress in his ambition to embed outdoor education approaches in SEND.

The course provided a supportive and safe space for Devan to develop teaching skills and to further develop outdoor education philosophy and practice in SEND.

“ In a nutshell, the course transformed my perception of learners in SEND provision and allowed me to develop my practice staying true to my vision of outdoor education in SEND.”

Devan has secured a learning support tutor post at a local Specialist Sports College which has SEND provision.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Jane Sisk

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Education with a focus on Post Compulsory Education. Most recently she has worked in a large FE college in the role of Teaching and Learning Coordinator with a focus on the development and delivery of the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET) qualifications, delivering CPD and coaching programmes and coordinating the Colleges VLE development.

Prior to this Jane led an FE/HE consortium project after a successful bid for funding through the JISC Exchange for Learning Programme (2002- 2006). The project resulted in the digital learning content in a range of curriculum areas which are available to the FE/HE community on the Jorum website.

She was the winner of the 2003 TES sponsored BECTa ICT in Practice Post 16 Teaching Award.

Most recently, Jane focused on development of e-portfolios for trainee teachers in the Post-compulsory sector.


Where could it take you?

Career planning is a key focus of the course and is supported through tutorial activity, individual career planning, networking events and generic career sessions.

Course qualifications provide opportunities to gain teaching employment in a wide variety of settings, depending on your teaching subject and level. Additionally, you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status through the Education and Training Foundation’s Society for Education and Training.

You will be able to progress to further Level 7 qualifications depending on your aspirations. Our PGCE Further Education Course has achieved an employment rate of 100% (2020/21)

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Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2022/23 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2022/23 will be £14,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of placements and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

You will also need to pay for an enhanced DBS check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Teacher Training Funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.


You may be eligible for a government bursary of £15,000 for the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) specialist subject or £12,000 for the English specialist subject.

Please see the government website for full details.

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