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Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Post 14 Further Education and Skills — Part-time

Course outline

This course is designed for anyone who is teaching post-14 learners, paid or voluntary, in a further education (FE) setting, training establishment, special school, academy, prison or young offender institution.

The teaching will build on your experiences, enabling you to put new ideas into practice. The course is also suitable for those who are trainers as part of their role.

You will study at our Basford campus, however this may change to an alternative campus.

You will study the following modules:

  • Exploring the FE Teaching Role
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Learning Theories Applied
  • Professional Practice 2
  • The Curriculum Examined
  • Core Pathway: Examining Subject Pedagogy.

Please note that our modules are subject to change. The content of courses is reviewed regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and prospects.

You can expect a variety of teaching strategies and methods are used to maximise your learning: practical teaching experience, presentations, workshops, one-to-one, whole group teaching, small group teaching, blended learning and independent learning.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
664 Nuthall Road

Start: Tuesday 10th September 2024

Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £3,370

Course code: C051515 / Q051521


Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Post 14 Further Education and Skills (Level 7)


2 years

Level Level 7
Entry requirements

You must have:

  • A Level 2 English and maths (English and Mathematics Level 2 equivalency qualifications will be accepted if recognised by the Society for Education and Training's QTLS eligibility.)
  • A Level 3 qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
  • An Honours Degree at minimum 2:2.
  • At least 75 hours teaching per year, external applicants must have their teaching at Nottingham College.
  • A subject specialist mentor
  • Photo ID
  • A copy of your DBS
Teaching & assessment

As a graduate, you’ll be expected to demonstrate sound intellectual and academic skills at levels 6 and 7 through a range of written and practical module assignments. The main assessment methods you will encounter are observation of professional practice, group and individual presentations as well as formal academic writing.


The PGCE Post-14 Further Education and Skills gives you a real head start in your teaching career. On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training. Valued by employers, QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge, adding real substance to your CV.

Our PGCE also puts you on the fast track to achieving a master's degree, providing you with 60 credits at master's level.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF