Canterbury Christ Church University Further Education (3CR6)

PGCE full time

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The course is generic and will prepare you to teach in the lifelong learning sector. The PGCE Further Education will allow you to teach in a number of different settings. Potential employment routes include Further Education colleges, six form colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning and prison education and many of our previous students also go on to be employed in secondary schools.

University tutors and students will contribute to your sessions in university where your development, progress and practical teaching skills will be assessed. You will be allocated a teaching placement in a setting based on your subject specialism.

Canterbury Christ Church University has a strong partnership with schools and Further Education in Kent and Medway, and we have many partner colleges in London. Your course will be based on the latest research and you will be encouraged to reflect on how this impacts your own teaching.

You will be introduced to the principles, research and theory on which good classroom practice is based. Activities that might be included during your degree include modelling, role-play, lectures, seminars, discussion, College/educational setting visits and evaluation of classroom-based activities and resources.

You will be assessed in two main ways: academic assignments and assessment of your teaching. Each of your modules will enhance the education of your students as you will develop as a teacher. You will complete your own research projects which will help you develop as a teacher.

There are six modules which all link theory and practice:

  • Introduction to teaching and learning
  • Enhancing teaching and learning
  • Developing English, Maths and ICT
  • Reflection and Research for teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design for inclusive practice
  • Developing practice

Each of the modules will be assessed in different ways. You will be challenged to ask deep questions, assess uncertainty and challenge accepted teaching. Your assessments will consist of a mixture of written work and observations.

You will be taught and supported by age-specific and subject experts with extensive experience in Colleges and other educational settings. During your placement, you will be supported by a mentor. Your teaching practice will be assessed against the Professional Standards for the Further Education Sector.

You will also have access to the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find detailed information on your academic assignments and curriculum updates.

Teaching placements

Your placements will be in one of partner institutions according to your subject specialism. The PGCE Further Education Initial Teacher Education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is run in partnership with our partner colleges and the age ranges you will be teaching will be 14 plus. The placement will allow you to put into practice your learning from the academic modules. You will work collaboratively with your curriculum mentor to help you develop your confidence in the classroom. Your University personal tutors will make visits to your placement setting to support your mentor in working effectively with you.

You will be in university for the first four weeks of the course. At this time, you will have the opportunity to organise and go on a mini-placement at a Further Education College. You will be in placement three days per week for the duration of your PGCE course. You will attend University for one day a week (each Friday) in addition to your placement days.

We do try and take into account your individual needs when allocating you to your placements. We try to ensure that you will travel no more than an hour from your home. Factors such as where you live and whether you drive or need to take public transport are taken into account.

CCCU has partnerships with a number of schools, educational settings and colleges. You will be mentored in your setting by a member of staff who will receive mentor training from your personal tutor at the University. You will also continue to receive support from your University tutors whilst on placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic, resilient teacher trainees. You will have good communication skills. You will have a passion and commitment for working with young people.

You will be able to show your experience of working with young people or adults in the community. This may be through academic or industry/commercial experience.

Previous experience of teaching is not required. You would benefit from having a clear awareness of the UK system. You may consider gaining knowledge of how students learn to help you in your application.

Other requirements

You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health check carried out through the university Occupational Health.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

In addition to the tuition fee, there are some additional costs which you will need to budget for. You will need to purchase your own textbooks. You will pay for your own travel costs to your other sites and placements. You may be able to claim back part of the placement travel costs from the University if you meet the specific criteria.

You will be expected to pay any library fees or fines you incur and for any printing or photocopying you do.

You can attend your graduation ceremony for free. You will need to pay for robe hire, photography and guest tickets.

About the training provider

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is one of the largest and well-respected providers of postgraduate initial teacher education in the country. We offer a wide range of programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those wishing to teach in primary and secondary schools and a variety of qualifications for those wishing to teach in further education sector. Ofsted has praised us for our high employment rates and said that CCCU is making a significant contribution to teaching in the local area.

Our courses offer a blend of subject knowledge and theory which is directly linked to school-based teaching and learning. We aim to help you become a confident, high-achieving teacher. You will develop a wide range of strategies for supporting children and young people’s learning to help them maximise their learning.

Your learning will be underpinned by the latest research so you will receive up-to-date provision. You will be supported by tutors and mentors who are all qualified teachers. Our students regularly comment on how friendly and supportive the university and course team are.

Our range of placements mean that you will gain a wide experience of education and learning in different settings. You will have an excellent support network both in school and at university.

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Interview process

You will need to attend one interview.

Your interview will comprise of a ten minute mini teach, an English exercise and an individual interview with the Post Compulsory Education and Training team.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to ensuring that you can succeed and reach your full potential. We have a range of support services to help you both during your application and during your course. Please see our website at for more information and contact details.

Depending on your need, we can offer special arrangements such as accessible interview rooms, access to a hearing loop, use of a laptop to complete written tests and information printed on coloured paper.

If you are dyslexic or believe you might be, we can help you with support which includes screening and learning support. Examples of support we have provided for dyslexic students in the past include extra time for exams and consideration for spelling and grammar.

A dedicated team of mental health practitioners can help you with any mental-health related queries. You are able to access support services including resources and techniques to help with anxiety, stress and depression. They also refer students for counselling both within the University and externally. If you have been diagnosed with a long-term psychological condition, the team can help you access further support which includes help with accessing funding and tailored.

Contact this training provider

01227 926699
North Holmes Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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