Taught course

Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

University of Greenwich · School of 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) AND GCSE English at minimum grade C (or equivalent). • You will be required to: Attend an interview; undertake a literacy screening assessment; undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Months of entry

January, September

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, health care 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 where students complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor and a tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. 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. You will specialise in your chosen subject during your placement and through your assignments. Study at the university, meanwhile, focuses on pedagogic skills and underpinning knowledge and provides a space for you to explore the relationship between theory and practice.

We are currently able to offer placements in the following subject areas: Art and design art (3D/2D); Beauty; Business; Catering; Childcare; Construction; English; ESOL; Graphic design; Hairdressing; Health and social care; IT and computing; Law; Leisure and tourism; Literacy; Media studies; Music technology; Numeracy; Performing arts; Photography; Psychology; Science; Sociology; Sports science.

The aims of the programme are:

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


Phase 1 (September-January)

  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (30 credits)

Phase 2 (February-June)

  • Policy and Curriculum Issues (30 credits)
  • Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (30 credits)
  • Professional Development Portfolio (30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000