PGCE in Further Education

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 with a PGCE in Further Education 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 PGCE in Further Education? Visit the PGCE FAQ's webpage, which contains answers to the most common queries that we receive.



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 formerly known as DTLLS.

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

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application. 

Come along to one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities.