New City College Post-Compulsory Education and Training (Level 7) (B509)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) without qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is an academic qualification in education.

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Course summary

Teaching in the learning and skills sector, or ‘post-compulsory sector’, is demanding but also very rewarding. The sector is continually evolving for all stakeholders, and this is an interesting and exciting time for all who are active in the sector, trainees or experienced educational professionals. As teacher educators our aim is to help you to meet the challenges presented. The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills you will need to teach diverse learners, who may be young adults aged 16-19, mature learners returning to study or 14+ learners.

We will help you to facilitate the learning of others in pursuit of their educational and vocational goals. We will encourage you to become confident teachers who are committed to raising the achievements of your students. You will learn how to improve your own teaching through reflection and self-evaluation.

We expect that as teachers in training you will maintain high professional standards in all areas of your work. Since the nature of the full-time provision is pre-service you will currently be on placement alongside undertaking this training programme. On completion of the programme, you will be able to meet and evidence the professional standards as well as to teach effectively in the lifelong learning sector, while demonstrating secure subject and/or vocational knowledge in teaching.

Course Structure

A two-year part-time programme over 32 weeks per year. There are four L7 compulsory modules, totalling 120 credits. All trainees will have a placement or employment in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 100 hours teaching over the programme duration.


  • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in subject specialism (20 credits)
  • Supporting learners in the post-compulsory education sector (20 credits)
  • Portfolio of Practice (40 credits)
  • Practitioner Research (40 credits)


All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. The interactive online sessions consist of student-centred activities that support the development of knowledge and understanding. You are given the opportunity to work in conjunction with your peers and engage with a range of theoretical and practical ideas. You will have individual tutorials and receive feedback to support you in your assessment tasks online. You are given an opportunity to interact with your peers and tutor in face-to-face workshops.

Assessment methods

  • Reflective Account/ Journals
  • Case studies
  • Proposal and Ethics Application
  • Portfolio
  • Reports
  • Presentation

Teaching placements

Work experience at an appropriate placement within the Post Compulsory sector is an integral part of the qualification. Candidates will be placed in one placement over the duration of the course. This can be in a College of Further Education or a 6th form College; sometimes, this may be in an adult/community learning environment. There may also be the possibility of gaining some experience in a prison/youth offending context. We usually place our trainees within New City College which consists of six different colleges across East London and Essex. We also have good links with other colleges across East and South London.

Candidates will submit their CVs to the Placement Co-Ordinator who will support them with finding placement and a mentor in the trainee’s subject specific vocational area. Candidates will have to attend an interview with their mentor in order to be accepted by the placement. Once accepted by the placement there is an expectation that trainees attend a minimum of two full days per week over the period of the programme.

Successful completion of a 100-hour teaching practice placement is a mandatory element of the programme. Whilst on placement, trainees will work with a qualified mentor who will support them with the development of their teaching and subject knowledge. Their teaching will be formally observed eight times (four times by their mentor and four times by a member of the NCC academic team) and trainees must demonstrate progress to pass the practical element of the programme. Trainees will continue to attend College-based training during the year. The link between theory and practice provides them with opportunities to reflect on their teaching, and thereby develop their knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Degree subject needs to link closely to the chosen teaching subject

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Equivalency test passes awarded by A* Star Equivalency and Equivalency Testing will be accepted. Applicants will be responsible for the cost of those tests. Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths might be acceptable depending on the subject area.

Personal qualities

Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career.

Other requirements

Applicants would have to apply for DBS via NCC college and they will be responsible for the cost.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

The fees displayed are for the whole two-year programme and not per year.

Financial support from the training provider

Candidates can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at

About the training provider

New City College is the fourth largest further education group in England with an income of £100 million. It is made up of 6 constituent colleges, the most recent members of which are Havering College of Further and Higher Education and Havering Sixth Form College.

New City College’s vision is to give our students a better future. To achieve this vision, we will: 

  • Use the scale and strength of our group to drive educational excellence and innovation.
  • Continue improving student outcomes and achievement. We will inspire and support every student, whatever their background, to maximise their potential within an environment of challenging targets. 
  • Support our staff to develop their skills and talents and look after their wellbeing. 
  • Make a positive impact on our local communities and the local economy by meeting the unique needs of all the areas in which we work, within a group structure. 
  • Have an influential position locally and nationally.

The College’s HE strategy provides different succinct pathways for the communities and employers it serves to access HE. It provides progression routes to the College’s students on Level 3 programmes as well as opportunities to mature students to access HE whilst at work.

The college achieved a rating of ‘Good’ in the recent Ofsted Inspection.

In 2014 the College was reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency. The QAA review team identified a range of features of ‘good practice’ highlighting the support given to teaching staff to facilitate their ongoing development.

Interview process

Candidates follow a 2-part interview process which lasts 2.5 hours. During the first stage of the interview, candidates are welcomed by the course team and given a short presentation on the expectations and requirements of the programme. They complete a literacy task and give a 5-minute microteach in front of their peers where they will demonstrate their teaching skills. The second stage of the interview will be individual where applicants will be asked a range of questions regarding teaching, learning and assessment.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All trainees will have access to Student Services, whereby student welfare is paramount. This is a valuable resource and the teacher education team work closely with student services to provide the best support possible for all trainees. There is a dedicated HE Academic Tutor and Pastoral Support who offers support about the full range of opportunities they can access via student services. This includes support on confidential financial information, a confidential counselling service and support in preparing applications for DSA and/or HE learning support funding. The college counsellor can be accessed by any student through self or student service referral. There is an HE Learning Support Advisor who works with HE students who have specific learning needs. All trainees have access to a personal tutor who oversees their entire programme and works with trainees to resolve any issues. In addition, each student has tutorials made available to them to support their development and progress within each module.

NCC College is committed to supporting trainees with additional needs and the teaching team work closely with the NCC Learning Support Team and outside agencies if required.

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Support and advice

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