Title: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE 14+ / Lifelong Learning)

To apply for a part-time course and teacher training please complete the Bury College University Centre part-time application form which is available here. Please return your completed application form to the admissions team at: Woodbury Centre, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BG.

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UCAS Institute Code: B93
Attendance: Full or Part time

You can study this qualification part-time or full-time:

Full–time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

This is a teacher training course for graduates who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector of education. This includes: adult and community education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning. This will also qualify graduates to teach individuals aged 14 plus in high schools. Your teaching specialism will depend on the qualifications you already have. As part of your studies you will be required to carry out a teaching placement that may include daytime or evening teaching or both.

Full-time: Classes will take place 9.30am-3pm two days a week. In addition you should also be available for up to two-three additional days for the duration of the programme for teaching practice.

Part-time: Classes will take place 3pm-7.30pm one day a week. You should also be available for either one full day or two half days for the duration of the programme for teaching practice.

Bury College University Centre is working hard to put appropriate safety measures into place and welcoming you to a safe learning environment this Autumn. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, face to face teaching will be delivered where practically possible and will follow guidelines on social distancing.  In response to changing circumstances and changes in public health advice, learning will be delivered in small class sizes. Online resources will be used to support learning.  In the event of further social restrictions, for example a further lockdown, delivery of courses will be taught online using a blend of learning resources and online teaching.

Due to the possibility of changing circumstances, please note it may not be possible for planned work experience placements to take place. Where it is possible work placements will be arranged at a more suitable time or location in the academic year and in line with guidelines issued by the awarding university. Learners should be reassured that their safety is our primary concern and any work placements will only go ahead in accordance with government guidelines.

Areas that you can expect to cover include:

  • Research informed teaching, learning and assessment
  • Becoming a subject specialist teacher
  • Professional code of conduct
  • Legislation
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Quality

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including presentations, observations, case studies and written assignments.

Completing your teacher training course at Bury College University Centre means that our highly experienced tutors can support you not only academically but also with on-the-job training. During your studies we will endeavour to do all that we can to find you a teaching placement within the college.

This course prepares you for a teaching career in the post compulsory sector. It is a requirement that all new FE teachers must complete a teacher training qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher status (QTS) to teach in schools. However, since April 2012 those with QTLS are allowed to teach in schools on the same basis as those with  QTS for 14+ students.

Bursary information

Bursaries may be available in the areas of English and maths - please contact the University Centre for more information.

Bursaries may be available for graduates in the areas of English and maths.

To view the course fees please click here.


Entry Requirements

In order to study this course you must already have a degree in a subject that is relevant to the area in which you teach in. In addition to this the course requires a DBS clearance and a health declaration before enrolment. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English Language qualification  at the appropriate level for this course e.g. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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