PGCE in Further Education - Level 7

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Start Date: 9 September 2020
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Part Time
Location: Tottenham Centre


Validated by Canterbury Christ Church University, this PGCE is one of the few nationally to have been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’. You will be supported by a team of highly experienced, approachable staff in a supportive and inclusive learning environment and will undertake a professional placement within your subject area.

Our teachers are currently planning for the safest ways to deliver this course from September. We have been delivering all of our courses completely online since the outbreak of Coronavirus in March 2020, and we are fully equipped to continue this for as long as is necessary. We hope to be able to deliver the course in a mixed format – blending online lessons with face-to-face teaching – as and when we feel that, on the basis of Government advice and our own risk assessments, it is safe to do so. We hope to be able to tell you about how much of this course will be delivered online and how much will be face-to-face in our college buildings, in July.


The six modules you will cover in your studies are designed to complement your professional practice and the academic study you undertake will inform and be informed by your practice.

  • Your first module will provide an introduction to teaching and learning which will equip you with the initial practical skills in planning, delivering and assessing prior to your start on your professional placement.
  • The next module, Planning Teaching, Learning and Assessment, will examine these concepts in more depth, as well as developing your classroom management skills. 
  • In the Wider Professional Development module, you will explore the roles of teachers and the core professional values and conduct required. You will also examine principles of evaluation, quality assurance and quality improvement and be able to apply them to your placement institution. This module will be underpinned by your development as a reflective practitioner and a developing awareness of the need to engage in continuing professional development in line with concepts of dual professionalism.
  • The Developing Professional Sector Skills module will provide you with an opportunity to develop your literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and ability to support learners in these areas as well as strategies to support learners with specific learning difficulties and disabilities in your own context.
  • The Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice module will develop your understanding and knowledge of the relevant curriculum, pedagogy and resources to support your subject specialism as well as explore the various curriculum models and underpinning ideologies that support programmes of study.
  • In the Enhanced Studies module you will have the opportunity to choose a particular aspect of education and to study that in greater depth.


You will need:

  • an Honours degree (2:2) or above, or equivalent

In your personal statement, you will need to indicate sound reasons for wanting to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and have a clear awareness and experience of the sector.

You should also have academic and/or industrial and commercial experience to demonstrate involvement with young people or adults in the community.

You will need to be assessed as fit to teach, including an occupational health and criminal records check, according to the current government requirements.

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.


You will submit a variety of different assignments including delivering reflections, essays and reports to earn 20 credits for five of the six modules contained in the programme. The remaining module will be assessed viaa portfolio of practical work such as completed lesson observations. These will all contain a written element, although you will also be assessed via presentation or practical performance.

You will be observed in your teaching placement on eight occasions at regular intervals during the programme (known as STEs - Supervised Teaching Experiences), four times by your CCCU and CONEL personal tutor and four times by your subject specific mentor in your placement. The aim of these observations is to work with you to develop your practice.

You will also be required to make regular entries in a personalised Professional Development Planner (PDP), which will chart targets set and achieved against the professional standards. You will also be required to provide evidence of reflection, either in a reflective journal or a regular video/audio diary.


Tuition Fees

£4,625 per year


You could progress into employment or other HE programmes including Diplomas (Teaching English and Maths), MA Professional Learning and Education and other CPD courses

Find out more about the courses and levels offered at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London!