This programme is approved by the University of Central Lancashire and offers a sound introduction to teaching, giving you an integrated overview of teaching theory and practice. This course is 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.


    Bursaries and scholarships are available to those on a fee-based teacher training course that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

    Please see link below for more information to available Bursaries.

    FE teacher training support

  • 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
    • be able to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English and have IELTS 7.5 or equivalent; and
    • have a degree in the subject area you wish to teach.

    Applicants not having GCSE English at Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent, or CSE Grade 1, will be required to successfully pass UCLan’s diagnostic test prior to entry to the programme.

    There are special entry 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.

    You will need to demonstrate your potential to succeed on the course at interview and by successfully completing a reading and written task and a presentation.

  • 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.

    On completion of the PGCE, you may progress to higher level study, such as the Masters in Professional Practice in Education/BA Hons Top-up respectively, at the University of Central Lancashire or other universities/providers.

    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.

    Please note: on achievement of the PGCE awarded by UCLan, qualified teachers in lifelong learning will be eligible to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status through the Society for Education and Training (SET). It is not normally possible to gain QTLS in less than 6 months from the end of the course, as applicants have to demonstrate their post-qualification development.

    If you do wish to pursue QTLS after completing the course at Runshaw, it will cost an additional £485. QTLS is not offered at Runshaw, however we can signpost you to a relevant provider.


  • 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 2020/21

    PGCE/Cert Ed Pre-course Information 2020/2021


    Complaints Policy (August 2018 – 2020)

  • Teaching & Assessment

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

    Kim Hollin (Initial Teacher Education Programme Leader)
    Kim has been a further education teacher for 10 years and has been at Runshaw College for 4 years, working within the department of Public Services, and more recently Initial Teacher Education. Kim has taught across Levels 2-7 with a particular focus on Psychology which she has taught to A Level, Vocational, Access to HE and degree level students. Kim holds an MSc in Psychology and also holds qualifications in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Kim has a particular interest in theories of learning, special educational needs and challenging behaviour having worked across a range of client groups including specialist educational establishments, prisons and mental health services. Alongside her teaching responsibilities, Kim is part of the editorial board for the “Through the Looking Glass” journal, working with trainees to peer review their action research projects. Kim has published articles in the field of education including student motivation for degree choices, work placement and stakeholder relationships and questioning technique.

    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.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)

    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 £50* for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee must be paid in addition to all other course related fees. If you are eligible for fee remission, there will be no DBS charge. If you are an Apprentice, this will be organised by your employer.   *Price correct at July 2020.