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UCL, University College London Further education (J641)

PGCE, full time or part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
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Contents

Course summary

The PGCE Further Education (FE) prepares you to teach in the post-16, further education and skills sector. This sector comprises further education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult education, prison education, charity and community organisations, and independent, work-based providers of learning.

This sector is for you if you are interested in any, or all, of the following: supporting young people into further education; higher education and employment; leading technical and vocational education; encouraging post-16/adult learners returning to education for another chance; working in non-traditional educational settings; and assisting adults with skills and knowledge for life and work.

The programme caters for a range of subjects in the sector. The core elements of the programme will develop teaching skills that are common to all subjects whether you plan to work in arts, humanities, STEM subjects or vocational and technical education. Subject pedagogy is developed through a combination of partner organisation support and the use of ‘clustered’ subgroups. There are two ‘specialist’ modules concerned with the teaching of English (with literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages), or mathematics and numeracy in the sector.

Our PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the expertise to support learning, prepare them to teach in inclusive environments, ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviours expected from learners.

The programme is taught through a mix of face-to-face and online sessions (including lectures, presentations, discussions, and group work), and a practical teaching element based in a partner-provider organisation, usually a further education college or adult education centre. Online elements allow partnership working through joint university and partner taught sessions. You are required to read widely and to carry out written assignments in your own time. You will be assessed through a range of written assignments, a reflective portfolio and formal observations of practical teaching skills.

Students on the PGCE FE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership organisations and at UCL .

The programme meets the content requirements and addresses the professional standards as set out by the Education and Training Foundation. On completion, students can use the PGCE to apply for QTLS.

Teaching placements

Our further education placement institutions in London are chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage across a range of institution type, subjects and specialisms. You will normally have a main placement in one institution (two for those undertaking Literacy and ESOL) and make visits to other organisations to experience alternative provision. You will normally spend three days a week in your placement (half of this for those part time). Applicants who are already working in the sector may be able to use some of their employment as a ‘placement’. Each partner has a dedicated placement co-ordinating mentor, with institutions carefully matched to your needs in terms of location and subject, taking any mobility needs into account. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch and/or develop your career in teaching.

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.

Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via Equivalency Testing or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5. For Mathematics, equivalency tests in Mathematics Foundation or Mathematics Higher with grade 5 are accepted. We do not accept “applied” or “additional” GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, functional skills or Access qualifications in place of GCSES.

Personal qualities

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Other requirements

For information about all UCL’s statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,200

About the training provider

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is a global leader in teacher education. Our programmes are recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in every criterion across Primary, Secondary and Further Education (FE).

  • We’ll support you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need from the moment you step into a classroom, but we know that learning to teach is much more than that we’ll prepare you to build a rewarding and fulfilling long-term career in education.

  • Our focus on quality means that whatever route you select, you will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are world leaders in their field.

  • We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise.

  • When you walk into IOE, you’ll join a lively, friendly and diverse community of 8,000 students and more than 600 distinguished academics, committed to improving lives through education and promoting social participation to address local and global challenges.

Interview process

Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview either online or at our central London location, depending on the subject applied to. At your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject or phase. You will have the opportunity to ask any pertinent questions.

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

Please visit our Student Support and Wellbeing website for information about the services they offer to incoming students.

Contact this training provider

Email
teaching-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
0208 059 0939
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
Address
University College London
Gower Street
London
Greater London
WC1E 6BT

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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