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Post-14 (Education and Training) PGCE

This course equips you for the practical demands of teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector, building your skills and confidence to work with post-14 learners in a vast range of educational settings.

A stepping stone to professional status 

The PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) gives you a real head start in your teaching career. On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training. Valued by employers, QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge, adding real substance to your CV.

Our PGCE also puts you on the fast track to achieving a masters degree, providing you with 60 credits at masters level.

An ‘outstanding’ learning experience

Ofsted has awarded its highest accolade – an ‘outstanding’ rating – to our Further Education and Skills provision. In a 2015 report, inspectors praised our “excellent” work with teachers and trainers across the sector and said our “lively and thought-provoking” teaching challenged students to rise to high expectations.

Extensive practical experience

This is a highly practical hands-on course which gives you the chance to explore the full range of roles undertaken by qualified teaching staff in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Teaching experience will be the cornerstone of your studies. Full-time students will study at our main campus, Kedleston Road, and spend two days a week on teaching placement, as well as undertaking a six-week block placement. We also provide extensive support throughout: you will be allocated a mentor from the University’s teaching team as well as a subject specific mentor to guide you on your placement. 

To broaden your outlook, you are also expected to complete an alternative placement in a different educational setting, embedded into a specific week during the year. We will provide full information and advice on this at pre-induction.

A location and pace to suit you

We offer both full-time and part-time routes to the PGCE Post-14 course.  As a full-time student, you will be based two days a week in our dedicated teacher training facilities at the University. Our impressive Kirtley Building includes specially designed collaborative learning spaces.

You can also choose to take the course on a part-time basis over two years at one of our partner colleges, giving you the added convenience of studying even closer to home.

Inspirational teaching and support

With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 165 years, we have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers and trainers.

You will be taught by a highly competent and qualified team of tutors, including published authors and influential researchers whose work is helping to shape the future of the profession. They are an exciting source of ideas for you to take back to the classroom.

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) in a subject that is applicable to the Further Education and Skills sector, such as psychology, law, media, sports and music technology. You will also need GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy).

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction.

Course modules

You'll study modules such as:

  • Introductory Award in Education and Training
  • Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Theories and Principles of Educational Practice
  • Subject Specialist Professional Practice
  • Curriculum in Context

You’ll also choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Principles and Practice of Leadership and Management in Post-14 Education
  • Post-14 Teaching in Schools and Academics
  • Promoting and Maintaining Behaviour for Learning
  • Learning Technologies for Education
  • Higher Education Teaching in Colleges
  • Research Project: The Enquiring Professional

Assessment methods

The main assessment methods you will encounter on the course are observation of professional practice, group and individual presentations as well as formal academic writing. You will be formatively assessed throughout the year via milestone reviews, to check your progress and development.

Sponsorship information

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.


For part-time fee information, please contact the partner college you wish to study at.

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