Taught course

Post-Compulsory Education and Training - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at lower Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent. The content of your previous experience and education should provide the necessary foundation for work as a teacher. At the point of enrolment to the course, it is also necessary to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics. Please note we do not accept Level 2 in numeracy or literacy as an equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). This includes further education, adult education, work-based training and community education. Students will acquire the necessary skills to work as a teacher in PCET by undertaking practice-based placements as well as course work.

Students studying for a PGCE PCET at Birmingham City University will benefit from our strong partnerships, as well as learning from expert teaching staff and professionals in the workplace. We have a national reputation for our teaching education, which prepares trainees to tackle teaching in a challenging 21st century environment. Trainees learn in a productive, modern and supportive learning environment at the faculty and can take advantage of sophisticated facilities and resources.

This course is a nationally-recognised qualification for graduates teaching in further education. The course features a subject specialist part-time route which trains you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and also covers adult literacy and language teaching.

We have partnership arrangements with most of the large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units and a number of training agencies and private providers.

Full-time trainees undertake at least 150 hours of teaching in their main subject area and are all supported by a subject specialist mentor.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/post-compulsory-education-and-training-pgce
International students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/post-compulsory-education-and-training-pgce

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

A government scheme offers Further Education Initial Teacher Training Bursaries of up to £20,000 if you are looking to teach maths or English or enable students with special educational needs (SEN) achieve their goals.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course is a nationally-recognised qualification and a government requirement for graduates teaching in further education. It is endorsed by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) until 2013 and incorporates PTTLLS, CTTLLS and DTTLLS.

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595