Taught course

Lifelong Learning Sector (Numeracy)

University of Greenwich · Department of Lifelong Learning Teacher Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: At least a Level 3 qualification in a vocational subject for entry onto the Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) A degree in a relevant subject with a minimum classification of 2:2 for entry onto the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) A degree in a relevant subject with a minimum classification of 2:1 for entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE FE) GCSE English at minimum grade C (or equivalent). You will be required to: Attend an interview Undertake generic/specialist screening assessment Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. The core programme takes place in a placement college. Student teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience during the programme.

In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe teaching and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as your tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this phase.

In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide initial training for prospective numeracy teachers and trainers
  • To respond to the changing needs of employers in the lifelong learning sector, particularly in Skills for Life
  • To encourage the growth of Skills for Life professionalism in the lifelong learning sector.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000