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Full-time: 1 year

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Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Routes into Teaching at the University of Derby. Find out more about becoming a teacher and the wide range of courses we have to offer.

If you want to gain the skills and confidence to work with post-14 learners in a range of settings, this course will prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector. It also provides a good basis to fast-track your career into leadership and management within the sector.

A route to professional status

Our PGDE Post-14 (Education and Training) gives you a real head start in your teaching career. After you complete this 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 demonstrates your skills, commitment and knowledge, adding real substance to your CV.

By completing our PGDE Post-14 you will also gain 120 credits at masters level.

An ‘outstanding’ learning experience

Our Further Education and Skills provision was awarded the highest Ofsted accolade – an ‘outstanding’ rating. In the 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.

Valuable practical experience

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore the full range of roles undertaken by staff in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Teaching experience lies at the heart of the course. You will study at our main campus at Kedleston Road, and spend two days a week on teaching placement, as well as undertaking a six week block placement. You’ll be supported extensively throughout by a mentor from the University’s teaching team, as well as a subject specific mentor to guide you on your placement.

To broaden your experience, you will also complete an alternative placement in a different educational setting. This will be embedded into a specific week during the year and we will provide full information about this during pre-induction.

Tailor your studies to your ambitions

As part of the course, you can choose to take an optional specialism. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise in English, Maths, Engineering, Sport or teaching learners with disabilities.

A history of inspirational teaching

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.

You will be taught by a highly 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 into your workplace.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

You’ll also choose one of the following optional 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.

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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

Each week, you will spend two days on teaching placement and two days based at the University. You will also undertake 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.

You’ll be expected to demonstrate sound intellectual and academic skills at level 7 through a range of written and practical assignments.

How you’re assessed

The main assessment methods used on this course include observation of professional practice, group and individual presentations, discussion and debate, 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 to hold an undergraduate degree (minimum of 2:1) in the subject area in which you intend to teach (or a related area).

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 Check (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.

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How to apply

You must apply for this course through UCAS Teacher Training (formerly GTTR).


This course is the ideal preparation for a career teaching in settings such as FE colleges, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academies. The PGDE is also invaluable for anyone working with training providers, in offender learning/prison education, or in the voluntary sector.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training.

By completing the PDGE, you will gain 120 credits at masters level to fast track your progress and position you for leadership roles.

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

Included in your fees

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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.