Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGDE in Further Education is a Masters level qualification which is aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a teaching career in further education colleges, work-based learning, adult education, community education, offender education and the charitable sector.
It is an intensive, demanding, yet very rewarding programme running from early September. Students will be on teaching placements at local educational institutions as an integral part of the programme. You will gain experience of teaching and learning alongside other education professionals with support from university-based tutors and institution-based mentors. Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and work closely with partners in educational providers to develop excellent educational practitioners.
2NJQ - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (English)
2NJS - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (Mathematics)
2NJT - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability)
2NJR - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (all other subjects)
The PGDE in Further and Post-Compulsory Education provides a recognised teaching qualification for those who wish to teach Post-Compulsory Education. The course provides a route to Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills Status (QTLS), which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The course is worth 120 credits at Masters level. This reflects the courses high level of engagement with educational research, theories of learning and the philosophy of teaching. As well and developing practical teaching skills, the course encourages students to engage with their practice and the sector in a critical and reflective fashion. At the end of the course there is an opportunity to complete a further 60 masters credits and graduate with an MA.
The PGDE provides the opportunity to follow a specialist route which gives you a named award in English Language, Mathematics, SEND or other specialism.
The course offers excellent employment opportunities, particularly for those specialising in shortage subjects.
During this degree there are a number of placements, allowing you to put the theory learnt in lessons into practice in a real post-compulsory education setting.
An Undergraduate Honours Degree, 2:2 or above.
GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at C or above
For the Mathematics specialism route consideration will be given to non-mathematical degree, if you possess a Mathematics A-Level at B or above and are fully confident that you will be able to teach mathematics successfully to Level 3. Students of this type will be required to attend a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.
For the English specialism route, consideration will be given to non-English degree, if you possess an English Language/Literature A-Level at B or above and are fully confident you will be able to teach English successfully to Level 3.
Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on a successful interview, as well as a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this also we accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
Fees for 2019/20 entry are: £9,250
Further Education Initial Training Bursaries are available for trainee teachers specialising in Mathematics and English. The level of the tax-free bursary is dependent on the student’s degree classification, information about the Bursaries for the academic year 18/19 can be found below:
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Full-time PGDE students are eligible to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan and the statutory government loans. For further information, please go to the FE Advice website.
Intenrational fees for 2019/20 entry are: £9,250
Once you have completed this degree, you will be qualified to become a teacher in a further or post-compulsory education setting. This provides vastly diverse opportunities for employment. The most common employment settings are FE colleges and Sixth Form colleges, but there is also demand and opportunity in SEND colleges, Alternative Provision establishments, adult education centres, prisons/youth offender institutions, museums, art galleries and hospitals, as well as many smaller institutions that may be funded by public finance, charities or private companies.
Completion rate for the course is currently at 100%, which is well above the sector average of 85%. 100% of 2017/18 trainees were graded good or better, with 70% graded as outstanding. High quality placement opportunities 'Excellent breadth of placements offered to trainees... Trainees encouraged to develop skills in many areas relevant to the sector… Committed, skilled and supportive mentors…' (External Examiner 2017).
Skills tests are not a requirement for these courses.