Taught course

Education (Lifelong Learning)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Education and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A first degree or equivalent; 5 GCSEs at C and above or equivalent as a minimum qualification including English; The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English; A level 3 (QCF) qualification in their teaching subject specialism, if other than degree. Part-time: A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 150 hours of teaching over the course of the programme. Under exceptional circumstances a voluntary teaching placement maybe acceptable for part time applicants. Trainees on the full-time programme will undertake an appropriate teaching placement in consultation with the Initial Teacher Education provider.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This PGCE programme is for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector (Further Education and sixth form). It is not a school teaching qualification but there are now employment opportunities in some schools for post-16 teachers, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects. Applicants who do not have a degree should enrol on the Certificate in Education programme (see separate information).

The aim of the PGCE (PC) programme is to prepare students to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching within post-16 education and undertake a full teaching role. All course work is related to the actual teaching practice situation, and this balance between theory and application underpins the programme. It is taught in 13 Partner Colleges across the North West and covers all the requirements of a DTLLS qualification (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector).


An initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and commencement of the Professional Development Portfolio
Completion of the threshold award: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector;
Curriculum Design and Alignment;
Developing professional practice in teaching and learning including 75 hrs of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and 4 hours of observed practice;
Action Research;
Contemporary Issues in the Lifelong Learning sector;
Teaching Inclusively and Reflecting on Practice including 75 hrs of teaching practice placement within a subject specialism and 4 hours of observed practice.

You will need to spend up to 20 hours per week on course related activities during the part time programme: class contact, logged teaching, preparation for teaching, private reading, preparation for formative and summative assessment activities. For the full time programme this will be 40 hours per week.

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400