• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


  • Improve your career and promotion prospects: our PGDE is ideal if you wish to move quickly into leadership and management roles within the sector 
  • Develop your skills through an exciting combination of practical teaching experiences, theoretical learning and discussions
  • Choose an optional specialist pathway in English, Maths, Engineering, Sport or teaching learners with disabilities
  • Prepare for a career teaching post-14 learners in settings such as colleges, sixth forms, secondary schools, prisons, and voluntary and community organisations

If you want to gain the skills and confidence to work with post-14 learners in a range of settings, this Post-14 Education and Training course from the University of Derby will prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the Further Education and Skills sector. It also provides a good basis to fast-track your career into leadership and management within the sector.

This course is the ideal preparation for a career teaching in settings such as FE colleges, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and academies. The PGDE is also invaluable for anyone working with training providers, in offender learning/prison education, or in the voluntary sector.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Society for Education and Training.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Fundamentals of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Embedding Evidence Based Practice to Improve Teaching
  • Applying Theory to Educational Practice
  • The Reflective Professional
  • Curriculum in Context
  • Practitioner Research Project
  • Teaching Higher Education in Colleges
  • Promoting Effective Classroom Behaviours
  • Educational Leadership and Management

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree (minimum of 2:1) in the subject area in which you intend to teach (or a related area).
  • You will also need GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy). 
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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