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, SEND colleges, 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 settings 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.
2NJR - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (all other subjects)
D598 - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (English)
Q275 - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (Mathematics)
2NJT - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability)
H511 - Further and Post-Compulsory Education (Sport)
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 course's 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 in FE provides the opportunity to follow a specialist route which gives you a named award in SEND, Sport or other specialism.
The course offers excellent employment opportunities, particularly for those specialising in shortage subjects.
Alongside the teaching at Hope Park, student teachers will complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching in an appropriate placement. There will be two placements which may be a further education college, work-based learning, adult education, community education, offender education or the charitable sector. The placement expertise will start with observation of various lessons and teachers. Trainees will then move onto supporting within the classroom, before delivering their own lessons.
An Undergraduate Honours Degree, 2:2 or above in the subject area in which you intend to teach (or related area)
GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at C/4 or above
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.
PGDE applications available here
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, we also 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.
Home/EU fees for 2020/21 entry are £9,250
Full-time PGDE in FE students are eligible to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan and the statutory government loans. For further information, please go to Department of Education, Student Finance England or FE Advice website
International fees for 2020/21 entry are £9,250 (provisional)
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 90%, which is above the sector average of 85%. 100% of 2018/19 trainees who completed were graded as merit or better, with 55% graded as distinction. Personalised support from innovative tutors "Excellent staff-trainee relationships...The course team's drive and passion can be seen in every development I was shown." (External Examiner 2019). High quality placement opportunities "Trainees clearly benefit from interesting and innovative practice to help them appreciate the breadth of the sector...(External Examiner 2019).