Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Full-time PGCE) University of Exeter (Level 6 and 7)
Faculty of Teacher Education
Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education Hele Road Full-time n/a Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Level 6/7 programme is for those who wish to enter the profession in a full teaching role in post-16 education and training. This programme is studied over one year, full time and contributes to professional formation QTLS status. It includes a teaching placement within Exeter College. The PGCE is the required qualification for graduates who wish to become full-role teachers in the post-16 Education and Training sector.

Please note this is not a qualification for schools, this is to teach in post 16 colleges.

When is the next PGCE course?

  • Start date: early September 2019– June 2020
  • Interviews to be held from February 2019 onwards
  • This is a full time, 1 year programme at Exeter College
  • The course runs for 5 days a week over two semesters What is the cost?
  • The fees are £6995. There may be an additional support fee payable on enrolment
  • Candidates must also pay for their own DBS check
  • Information on funding can be found on

If you have any queries please contact the University Level Adviser on 01392 400909 or

What topics will I study?

1 module at Level 6 (PGCE):

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

3 modules at Level 7 (PGCE):

  • Theories of Learning and Behaviour Management
  • Curriculum and Society
  • Wider Practice and Professional Development

You will be provided with a teaching practice placement within the college.

What experiences will I get?

You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge about the role of the teacher/trainer in the post-16 sector.  You will meet a range of trainees from other subject areas and will share experiences, skills and knowledge.  You will learn how to plan, deliver and assess learners in your subject area with a focus on active and inclusive learning.  You will also study curriculum design and how to reflect on and develop your own practice.

What are the entry requirements?

All candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) relevant to the subject the student is planning to teach
  • Level 2 English qualification (GCSE Grade C or above, or Access equivalent)
  • Level 2 Maths qualification (GCSE Grade C or above, or Access equivalent)
  • Good ICT skills
  • Candidates must be fit to teach (confirmed by DBS clearance at Enhanced Level, Occupational Health questionnaire and suitable references). If you are interested we strongly advise that you speak to the HE Advice Team. Please call 01392 400909 or contact

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre with computer access in the College and at the University of Exeter.   There are refectorys in the Tower and Hele Buildings, plus the @34 restaurant and take-away facility.  There is a student shop and Student Unions at both the College and University.  There is advice and support for students via the HE Office plus a HE study zone in the Tower building.

What can the course lead on to?

Progress to teaching in the FE Sector.

Are there any additional costs?

There may be an additional £50 Support Fee payable.
Candidates must also pay for their own DBS check. (approx £50).

What do our students think?

The college is very professionally run with university standard facilities. My tip for future students would be to apply yourselves fully to the course and take any opportunity that is presented to you."

The quality of teacher education lecturing is outstanding and will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in teaching and lecturing. I cannot speak highly enough about the course and about Exeter College."

Preparation for a great career in Education."

There are many things I’ve enjoyed, for example, within the placement I have really enjoyed working with the faculty, as well as having the independence to plan and deliver lessons in a creative and fun way. Also, within the PGCE group we have had much fun gettingto know each other and working within a supportive group. There has been a lot of help and support from the tutors and mentors and they really have done more than they needed to, for example, when helping me with student finance at the beginning of the year."

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