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Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

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Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Buxton & Leek College (Leek Campus)

Course description

100%overall satisfaction**PGCE Post-14, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
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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.

Choose an optional specialist pathway

Our PGCE Post-14 gives you the chance to select from a variety of teaching specialisms, drawing on the extensive expertise of the University. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in English, Maths, Engineering, Sport or teaching learners with disabilities.

The pathway you select will be reflected throughout the course in both core and specialist modules, in your assignments and on your teaching placement. It means you can focus on your area of interest while gaining a strong foundation of general skills in education and training.  

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.

What you will study

Optional/pathway modules:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will be based at the University for two days each week, where you’ll be taught in our specialist teacher training facilities. For two days a week you will be on teaching placement, and you’ll undergo a six week block placement in February.

A variety of teaching strategies and methods are used to maximise your learning: practical teaching experience, presentations, workshops, one-to-one, whole group teaching, small group teaching, blended learning and independent learning.

As a graduate, you’ll be expected to demonstrate sound intellectual and academic skills at levels 6 and 7 through a range of written and practical module assignments.

For part-time study at Leek, you will study in College one day a week for four hours and you must have a relevant work placement, which will be discussed at your interview.

How you are assessed

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.

Who will teach you


Dan Williams
Programme leader

Dan Williams is a lecturer in  Initial Teacher Education: Post 14 and a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training

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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 a level 2 qualification in English and Maths as approved by the Society for Education and Training 

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. Further information can be found on the website.

Interview information

How to apply

For full-time study, you must apply for this course through UCAS Teacher Training (formerly GTTR).

For part-time study, apply directly to the University.

If you wish to register your interest in our Partners for Progress pathway, please complete our short form.


This course is the ideal preparation if you want to teach in the Further Education and Skills sector. You can advance your career in teaching post-14 learners in settings such as FE colleges, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academies. The PGCE is also invaluable for anyone working with training providers, in offender learning/prison education, or in the voluntary sector.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training. If you would like to take your qualifications and professional development to the next level, we offer an acclaimed MA Education.  By completing the PGCE, you will already have 60 credits at masters level to fast track your progress. 

As a newly qualified teacher or trainer, you can also benefit from the University’s continuing support as you take your career forward. We offer a range of resources, subject updates, events, conferences and development opportunities to ease your transition into professional practice. 

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† Additional information about your studies

You will study this course for one academic year at our Kedleston Road site.

You can also study on a part-time basis at Chesterfield College, Derby College, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Buxton and Leek College, Barnet Southgate College, and Preston’s College, which takes two years.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.