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PGDE Post-14 Education course preparation

Teachers and trainers working within the Further Education and Training sector usually deliver learning sessions to individuals from the age of 16 upwards, although many colleges now also cater for learners from the age of 14. Many of the subjects taught have a vocational bias and are often employer-linked.

As learners in the sector often bring with them an existing knowledge base, Further Education and Training teachers can find themselves in a class full of lively debate and discussion. This can enable you to create a learning environment where learners are able to discuss their views and opinions openly and freely in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. This can be a stimulating experience for both learner and teacher and you will find from such dialogue that mutual learning occurs.

By choosing to study for a PGDE in Post-14 Education, you can gain a qualification that can be used in your area of education, whether you teach in a Further Education College, 6th Form College, Training Providers, work-based public sector training, such as the Police or Prison Service, or the voluntary sector and increasingly, Secondary schools or an Alternative Provision.

In most cases you will be using your first degree as a basis for your teacher training and the course will help you further develop your subject specific pedagogy.

It is important to note that this full-time programme requires a full-time commitment from you. You will attend university 2 days a week on a Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 4pm. And would normally attend your Professional Practice placement on the other three days of the week (Wednesday to Friday). The exact timetable will be determined by the placement setting. Your Professional Practice is considered to be equivalent to a job and should be viewed as such.


Induction information

Before the module teaching begins, there will be an Induction and Familiarisation programme delivered over 1 week to help you get the most out of your programme. The activities during the Induction and Familiarisation period are crucial in helping you understand the demands of the programme. This is also the time we use to ensure that all the administrative and procedural requirements are completed so that they do not impact on your studies. It is absolutely vital that you have full attendance at this crucially important part of your programme.

Further information about this will be communicated to you shortly.

Even if you have studied at Edge Hill University before, attendance from the very start of the programme is mandatory.

Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Academic preparation

You may find the following books useful preparation for the programme. Please note, we do not recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive, however you may be able to find some second hand or online.

  • ‘How to be a Brilliant FE teacher’ You can purchase this book here.
  • ‘Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training’ Ann Gravells
  • ‘Teaching English and Maths in FE: What works for vocational learners’ You can purchase this book here.
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It might also be useful to familiarise yourself with the ETF Professional Standards (2014).

View the ETF Professional Standards (2014)

Meet your teaching team:

The Post-14 Education Team is comprised of a core team and a number of associate tutors. All members of the team play a variety of key roles, such as the following: Course Leader, Module Leaders, Module Tutors, Link Tutors and Personal Tutors.

The core team comprises: of: