(incorporating the Diploma
in Education and Training)

Course Overview:

Develop the skills, knowledge and professional values to enhance your teaching career within the further education and skills sector. This nationally-endorsed postgraduate qualification will prepare you for the challenges and rewards of teaching in a variety of environments, including further education colleges, adult and community education, offender learning and the public sector. The hands-on experience you’ll gain from your placement will ensure you qualify ready to immediately enter the workplace.

You will benefit from highly qualified tutors with many years’ experience in the further education and skills sector and the opportunity to network with potential employers. Follow in the footsteps of many of our trainees and possibly go on to find employment within the organisations you work with during your placement. After completing this course you'll have the option to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Students will be informed about this during their studies.

Entry Requirements:


PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education for the Post-Compulsory Education and Training Sector (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training). Please note this is a PGCE for teaching in Post-Compulsory Education.

Applicants for Primary or Secondary education should contact their local SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).

Or, Schools Direct.

Entry requirements 2019-20:

You will need a relevant subject first degree (Level 6) and Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths.
International applicants:

International applicants: please contact for information.
Additional requirements:

You are required to source your own paid or voluntary teaching practice hours in a college or other Post-16 environment. This should be a minimum of 130 hours, of which 100 hours will be in the full teaching role (direct contact where you have responsibility for the learning). Of this, there must be a minimum of 70 hours group teaching and a maximum of 30 hours 1:1. The additional 30 hours will be non-contact and will include involvement in Programme Team meetings, External and Internal Quality Assurance meetings, interviewing applicants, visits, observations of teaching, and CPD activities.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

A maximum of 2 modules can be accepted as accreditation of prior learning (APL) and must be like-for-like level, so from University of Plymouth or one of their partner institutions.

Module Information:

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

The modules available on the course are as follows:

Year 1 Autumn Term
Module 1 Credits
DLLS690 Learning, Teaching and Assessment 30 credits/Level 6
Year 1 Spring Term
Module 2 Credits
DLLS784 Theories & Principles of Managing Learning Environments 30 credits/Level 6 or 7
Year 2 Autumn Term
Module 3 Credits
DLLS779 Curriculum and Society 30 credits/Level 6 or 7
Year 2 Spring Term
Module 4 Credits
DLLS780 Wider Practice and Professional Development 30 credits/Level 6 or 7

Teaching Staff

Students will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are aligned to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.


two years (Part-time)

Mode of Study:



There will be opportunities given to receive formative feedback on assessments prior to the formal hand in within tutorial 1:1s. Within the research project there is the opportunity to submit each chapter for formative feedback; this is subject to the careful management of time and submission.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments; reports, essays, presentations and a research project. The grades from formal assessments counts towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Professional Portfolio

It is important to bear in mind that from the outset, students are working towards a PGCE that will provide pre-service trainees with a foundation for a potential career and for in-service trainees, the means of demonstrating development for career progression.

The Professional Portfolio is central to the programme and explicitly demonstrates the professional and personal developmental journey as a reflective practitioner. The portfolio will demonstrate to future employers and reviewers the evolution of professional practice and employability skills developed through studying the programme. It may also be used in an Ofsted Inspection if selected to meet an Inspector during the programme, or during the first year of employment as a teacher. Students will be required to provide those sheets which are starred in each of the checklists, depending on stage reached in the programme.

Engagement in this process will allow students to demonstrate ability to evaluate and improve approaches to planning and enabling teaching, learning and assessment. Students will identify specific targets for improvement and actions to be taken, through reflection on teaching practice and approaches and the feedback provided by the subject specialist mentor and tutors. Reflecting on knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to the professional standards, including access, progression and exploration of professional values, helps to promote a holistic approach to professional and personal development. A fundamental aspect of this process is the collaborative relationship between the student, mentor and tutor.

The Professional Portfolio process will enable students to:

• become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners;
• understand how they are learning and relate learning to a wider context;
• improve general skills for study and career management;
• articulate personal goals and evaluate progress towards achievement;
• encourage a positive attitude to learning throughout life; and
• provide professional development action plans to take forward into first teaching role.
Course Fee (2019/20):

£4625 (TBC)

Awarding Body:

University of Plymouth