Taught course

Further Education and Training

University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Sociology

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor. Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether you're looking for a career where you can make a difference, or you're already employed in a teaching role and looking to start your postgraduate journey, our Further Education and Training PGCE will give you the skills and confidence to be a successful teacher in the further education and training sector.

When you graduate from the course, you'll have a recognised teaching qualification so you can work as a teacher in the further education and training sector, predominantly with students aged 16 and above. You'll develop your knowledge knowledge by working closely with your course teachers and work-based subject mentors.

We have an Outstanding rating from Ofsted for our Further Education teacher training programmes, so when you graduate you'll be in a strong position to find work as a teacher in the further education and training sector.

For further information and frequently asked questions, download our FE ITT FAQ sheet.

This Further Education and Training PGCE is available as a full-time programme on our campus. If you're already working in the field, you can choose to study on a part-time basis at one of our partner colleges (Havant and South Downs College, Chichester College, St Vincent College campus, Isle of Wight College and Eastleigh College).

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

    • Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education
    • Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
    • Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
    • Gain work experience in a teaching placement
    • Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
    • Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers

Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at our main campus in Portsmouth, and spend time at a work placement each week.

Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once a week and secure your own teaching placement, where you'll teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.

Work experience and career planning

In the first year of this course, both Universities will help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and prepare you for the PGCE in England.

During the PGCE, we'll provide you with plenty of advice and practice to deliver a good application and interview.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in further and higher education. The course is also eligible for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Private training providers
  • Public services
  • Voluntary organisations

The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. PGCE graduates can also apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Information for international students

Accepted at Main site, Chichester and Havant and South Downs College.

Chichester College Crawley Campus - **This course is available to International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa**

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)

Course contact details

Admissions team
023 9284 5566