Our programmes are validated by the University of Central Lancashire and offer a sound introduction to teaching, giving you an integrated overview of teaching theory and practice. The courses are ideal if you are looking to start a career in teaching or already work as a teacher but do not have a teaching qualification. You may also be able to undertake your teaching practice at Runshaw College.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Awarded By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £9250 (student loans available)
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 6/7
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      Full Time 1 year
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  • Overview

    In partnership with UCLAN

    Your teaching placement will be 2-2.5 days per week; the remainder of your week will be taught classes. Whilst our programmes are primarily designed for those wishing to pursue a teaching career in the Post 16 sector, independent schools, academies and free schools within England, they also confer eligibility to apply for appropriate registration for Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills Status (QTLS). QTLS enables working in maintained (local authority) secondary schools.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must:

    • have five GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4 (including GCSE English Language or equivalent e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills English) and have an appropriate subject/vocational based qualification at Level 3 or above
    • be able to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English
    • have a degree in the subject area you wish to teach if you are a PGCE applicant*


    There are special requirements for applicants wishing to teach Literacy, ESOL, Functional Skills English or numeracy and Functional Skills maths. NB: Level 2 maths is a requirement for achievement of QTLS and as such, trainees without this qualification will be encouraged to achieve Level 2 maths by the end of the course.

    You may qualify for the course if you have other qualifications or relevant life/work experience. The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/ APEL) scheme will apply, to allow recognition of alternative or professional qualifications, life experience, motivation and commitment. You are additionally required to have arranged a minimum of 150 hours teaching practice with an approved provider.  You will need to identify a mentor from your own subject area who will support you during the programme.

    In addition, if applicants are mainly teaching students aged 14-16, at least 50 of their 150 logged teaching hours during the whole programme must be with 16+ age groups, these being 25 hours in each stage of the programme, as they are expected to focus on the FE and skills sector. Teaching in Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) is useful experience but cannot be counted towards the teaching hours requirement.
    Pre-service trainees should not teach solely in HE, but should have at least 50 hours of FE teaching, these being 25 hours in each stage of the programme. Teachers who are employed solely to teach HE should be encouraged to gain any experience they can in FE settings.

    You will need to demonstrate your potential to succeed on the course at interview and by successfully completing a written task and a micro teach session.
    You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). A charge of £44**  for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee must be paid in addition to all other course related fees.  **Price correct at September 2019.

    *There may be opportunities for successful applicants to undertake their Certificate in Education or PGCE teaching practice at Runshaw College. In order to be considered for a PGCE placement at Runshaw, you will need to have a 2:2 degree or higher. For a Cert-Ed placement, you will need to have a Level 3 in your subject area.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is via a combination of assignments, demonstration of reflective practice and eight successful teaching observations. You will complete an individual learning plan and a reflective learning journal.

  • Progression Pathway

    An enormous number of teaching opportunities exist across the learning and skills sector, in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the National Health Service, the Prison Service, the Police Service and in private sector training organisations.
    Whilst our programmes are primarily designed for those wishing to pursue a teaching career in the Post 16 sector, independent schools, academies and free schools within England, they also confer eligibility to apply for appropriate registration for Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills Status (QTLS).  QTLS enables working in maintained (local authority) secondary schools.
    You may also progress to higher level study at the University of Central Lancashire or other universities/providers.

  • Programme Specification

    The Programme Specification is the formal document that is Approved by the University of Central Lancashire. It sets out the key elements of the course on which Approval is based. Click below to view the Programme Specification.

    PGCE Programme Specification 2019/20

    CERT ED Programme Specification 2019/20

    PGCE/Cert Ed Pre-course Information 2019/2020

  • Teaching & Assessment

    Our PGCE/Certificate in Education teaching team are experts in their field with a wealth of experience throughout the sector.

    Scott Threlfall (Initial Teacher Education Programme Leader)
    Scott has worked at Runshaw College for 10 years; firstly, with the Sport Department teaching on a variety of courses and more recently within the Teacher Training Team.  Having completed his PGCE, Scott went on to achieve a Masters in Education (Professional Practice in Higher Education) in 2013, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the same year.  Scott has published several peer reviewed articles in international journals and enjoys writing poetry alongside his academic writing;  he currently acts as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Reflective Practice: International & Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Alongside his teaching duties, Scott acts as a Professional Tutor wherein he delivers training and support sessions to individuals and groups of staff in cross-college settings.

    Jacqueline Connelly-Bainbridge (Programme Leader/Course Tutor)
    Jacqueline started her career in HM Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic controller. She moved into the FE sector over 20 years ago in 1996, when she gained her PGCE, after successfully completing her Law degree LLB(Hons) at Lancaster University.

    She went on to teach A Level Law at Burnley College and taught & mentored on the undergraduate LLB (Hons) degree at Lancaster University.

    After a spell delivering Maths & English to young offenders, Jacqueline developed her career by moving into industry and served over a decade in HM Prison service. Within this time Jacqueline delivered Offending Behaviour Programmes to serving prisoners.

    Jacqueline has been at Runshaw College for 8 years and taught on Levels 1,2 & 3 and to undergraduates studying Public Services. She is a Professional Tutor and delivers training to staff at the College on all aspects of Teaching & Learning. She is now a teacher on the Initial Teacher Education programme.

    Jacqueline is part of the Teaching School Alliance where good practice is shared between partner Colleges and reflections made upon current literature and trends in education, specifically within FE.