This course is for people who are already working as teachers or trainers, and want to achieve the sector qualification for teaching in post-16 settings.
Further Education institutions need teachers with specialist subject knowledge who can teach people who want to explore subjects they weren’t offered in school. If you have a degree from a range of subjects including non-curriculum areas such as Psychology, Law or Dance, you could be a teacher in post-16 education.
You will spend four hours a week at one of our partner colleges:
Bishop Auckland College
East Durham College
South Tyneside College – a site of Tyne Coast College
Tyne Metropolitan College – a site of Tyne Coast College
You'll also attend a summer conference, and an additional Saturday at the University of Sunderland. The conference brings together full-time pre-service and part-time in-service student teachers to share their research into improving teaching and learning. This will be an excellent preparation for your first year as a qualified teacher and an induction to a professional formation year.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
You must have the following academic qualifications:
An honours degree, 2:2 or higher in a relevant subject
GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
You must also have:
A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has an issue date within three years of the start date of the course.
A completed medical pro forma.
If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to complete a pre-interview written task, and complete a literacy assessment.
If you don’t have the required qualifications, please see our Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) In-service course that has lower entry requirements. For applicants with no previous experience of teaching, we also offer a PGCE (PCET) full-time pre-service.
Teaching Practice Hours
This course is for people who are already working as teachers or trainers. It is a requirement of the course that you complete 50 hours of appropriate Teaching Practice Hours each academic year. It is your responsibility to secure these 50 hours of teaching.
The University of Sunderland and/or any Partner FE College are not responsible for securing Teaching Practice Hours on your behalf. If you are unable to complete the compulsory Teaching Practice Hours, then under no circumstances (other than any negligence on the part of the University or any of its Partner FE Colleges) will the University of Sunderland or any Partner FE College be held liable for any loss you may sustain.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £2,500.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Many graduates from this course have gone on to more senior posts with leadership responsibilities in the institutions in which they are employed.
When you graduate from this course you will have a Professional Certificate in Education. This qualification incorporates the Diploma in Education and Training (DET). You will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training which provides the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.
According to our 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality Further Education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.