PGCE/CERT ED in Further Education and Training

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Duration: Part-time:  2 years (max 5 years)
Location: Eastbourne or Lewes

Please note the UCAS tariff system will be changing from the intake 2017/18. The new 2017 tariff entry requirements for this course can be found on the UCAS.com search tool.

Post compulsory Education provides the formal teaching qualification (QTLS) required for people working, or wishing to work in the further education and adult sector.  This could include a college or an organisation such as a private training company or related fields/institution.

In 2007 we became the first post-compulsory teacher education provider in the country to be awarded an Ofsted Grade 1.

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). There may also be and to gain masers-level credits.  Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

Course structure

Participants taking this part-time route must be working in the post-16 sector or related fields/institutions and are normally expected to continue teaching for at least 75 hours per academic year for the duration of the course.

For the part-time in-service route you will be required to attend one half-day session per week during college term times, in addition to your regular teaching commitments. 

Areas of study

The programmes is delivered through six modules on generic teaching and learning issues relevant to the post-compulsory sector, and reflecting the key areas identified in the new LLUK standards.  It is endorsed under the Equipping our Teachers regulations 2007 by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK)

It meets the new Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) Standards for Teachers, Trainers and Tutors in the Lifelong Learning (Post compulsory) Sector.

Careers and progression opportunities

The course is part of the university’s continuing professional development provision.  Credit-rated routes to the various awards enable participants to build from certificate level through diploma, first degree, and postgraduate diploma to masters level.

Progression routes for trainees attaining a Certificate in Education will have the opportunity to progress on to year 2 of an Fda Programme leading to BA (Hons) in Adult Learning and Development.

Progression routes for trainees attaining masters-level modules on the PGCE route have the opportunity to progress on to year 2 of an Education MA.

Typical entry requirements

Individual offers may vary

GCSE (minimum grade C):

Part-time in-service applicants are advised to have either GCSE English or an equivalent literacy qualification, or be able to demonstrate the ability to work at higher education level in addition a GCSE Maths or equivalent Level 2 qualification is desirable.

For non-native speakers of English:
6.5 overall, 6.0 in writing 

Degree and/or experience

PGCE applicants must have an honours degree.  Part-time applicants must also be working in the post-16 sector and would be expected to continue teaching for at least 75 hours a year (minimum of 50 in year 1) within a post- compulsory education or training organisation concurrent with the course.


This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Sussex Downs College
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