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Post-Compulsory Education (PCE)

You could inspire the next generation of learners! At the Institute of Education we offer teacher education and continued professional development courses for both pre-service (new to teaching) and in-service teachers (those currently teaching in the Lifelong Learning sector) for both undergraduate and postgraduate level applicants.

The Lifelong Learning Sector includes teaching professional and vocational qualifications to ages 14 plus. Many teachers and trainers in this sector have lots of practical experience in their specialist area. Our courses provide the underpinning theoretical knowledge and support the development of your teaching skills.

Qualifying as a Post Compulsory Teacher allows you to teach in areas such as:

  • Sixth Forms
  • Further Education (e.g. Colleges)
  • Adult and Community Learning institutions (e.g. Local Council provision)
  • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services.
  • Academies.

Our innovative programmes provide the accreditation needed to take on a full teaching role. Our initial teacher education for further education is Ofsted rated Grade 2: Good (March 2013).

Got a query about Post Compulsory Education teacher training? Visit the , which contains answers to the most common queries that we receive.

Courses offered in PCE teaching

The CertEd and ProfGradEd (DET) routes for current teachers is offered by and taught at our partner colleges. Applications for this course should be direct to the college of your choosing. The course (DET) was formerley known as DTLLS.

View our Preparing for ITT Application & Interviews vOctober 2019 advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together alist of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application. 

To research teaching in the post-compulsory sector further, visit the following web site The Society for Education and Training.

Start your teaching journey by seeking tailored advice at our 'Choose to Teach' events

'Choose to Teach' events offers a brilliant opportunity for you to meet university staff and schools and get one-to-one advice about your journey to becoming a teacher!

Our programmes will support you to begin to generate the evidence required for your application for Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status.


For any enquiries about our post compulsory courses please e-mail