The University of Warwick
PGDE, FE and Skills (2WCN)

PGDE full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) is recognised internationally. This course does not lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
October 2019

About the course

The 120 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is a one year full time course open to anyone interested in teaching in further education. The PGDE is similar to the PGCE but with the advantage that it offers study entirely at Level 7. On successful completion of the PGDE (FE and Skills) trainees can apply for QTLS, which is equivalent to QTS.


  • Curriculum Design and Planning for Inclusivity
  • Practice Based Inquiry
  • Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Professional Practice in the FE and Skills Sector

Course Induction

All successful applicants otherwise known as teacher trainees, will be expected to attend an induction programme which will prepare them for teaching in the FE and Skills Sector.

Taught days

Teacher trainees are required to attend University for two taught days per week. The days are highly interactive and combine a range of pedagogical approaches designed to model good practice and give trainees ideas which could translate into their own classroom practice. This usually involves presentation, whole and small group work, peer learning and assessment and the use of a range of new technologies to support learning.


Teacher trainees are expected to attend a placement, which could be in any lifelong learning setting, for two days per week for the duration of the course, and can be anywhere across the Midlands. Trainees can source their own placements and liaise with the placement officer or we will source them.

Teaching Practice and observations

Teacher trainees are expected to complete at least 150 hours teaching practice, and will be observed at least eight times during the programme. It is expected that trainees will build on and develop their practice throughout these observations, in line with Ofsted standards.


Teacher trainees will complete six assignments. Assignments provide an opportunity for practitioners to link theory to practice and include themes on the economic and political context, teaching, learning and assessment methods, action research, curriculum design and inclusive resources.

Reflective practice

Trainee teachers will complete a electronic Professional Development Portfolio which supports professional dialogue between them, their tutor and mentor, allowing for critical reflection and evaluation linked to impact on practice.

Tutorials and support

All teacher trainees will have a named personal tutor and subject specialist mentor.

Initial Teacher Training for FE was awarded outstanding by Ofsted in Leadership and Management in November 2015.

Interview process

Prior to the start of the course, all applicants are invited to attend an information session based at the University and which incorporates an interview.

The interview consists of a full assessment of English and communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), an individual presentation and observation of a teacher (via video). In addition, participants will be required to complete a DBS check and other related checks e.g. fitness to teach, if they are offered a place on programme.

Applicants wishing to teach maths or English and who do not hold a full maths or English degree (including a related degree e.g. engineering, science, law, English literature) will be required to undertake and pass a Level 3 initial assessment in maths or English.

The Director for Initial Teacher Training (FE and Skills) and the PGDE Course Lead interview all applicants.

How school placements work

Teacher trainees engage with one placement setting only, which could be in any lifelong learning setting (post 16 providers of education) which has been awarded a grade '3' or above by Ofsted.

All trainees are required to attend placement for two days per week for the duration of the course. The placement may be located anywhere across the Midlands but is normally agreed in consultation with the trainee.

Alternatively, trainees can source their own placements as long as they liaise with the placement officer at the University, thereafter.

All trainee teachers will be allocated a subject specific mentor whilst on programme to support them in their teaching practice development.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,100

The fees displayed are for 2018/19 and may be subject to change.

Applicants will be required to pay a small fee if they are offered a place on programme, to cover the cost of a DBS clearance check.

Travel fees, to and from placement, are not reimbursed.

All successful applicants will be able to apply for a repayable loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent, one academic reference

GCSE English and maths at Grade C or equivalent

Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 and component scores.

Personal qualities

Further education is known as the 'second chance' sector and we are looking for applicants who are passionate about teaching in colleges, sixth forms, prison settings, adult education or work based learning.

We are looking for individuals who are experts at communicating, have a deep knowledge and passion for their subject, are empathetic and caring and as such can foster excellent relationships with students. We are look for individuals who are friendly, approachable, adaptable, hard working, committed, confident and resilient.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • a Disclosure & Barring Service check and Teacher Services Restrictions Lists check
  • an Occupational Health Questionnaire
  • a Suitability Declaration and Capacity to Teach form.

About the training provider

Ofsted have rated us an "Outstanding" provider of teacher training.

The University of Warwick has been training teachers for over 50 years and part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience.

We work in partnership with over 300 schools and/or colleges in eight different Local Education Authorities to deliver the highest quality training.

You will be taught using the most current technology enhanced learning tools and techniques.

86% of our trainees rate the course as good or outstanding.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school or college mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training.

Our employment rate into teaching is high .

Upon completing the PGCE course you gain 90 credits at masters level.

Upon completing the PGDE for FE you gain 120 credits at masters level.

This allows you to fast-track to a masters degree, quickly progressing your professional development.

As alumni, our Professional Development team will support you to develop your skills through a range of CPD programmes to support your career progression.

Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of.

'I got the first job I applied for, I was told a few months after starting that the reputation from the University of Warwick alone had been enough to secure the job (luckily they were also impressed by my teaching!)' - Sophie, PGCE Alumni.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All trainees are provided with a named personal tutor and a subject specific mentor in placement.

Warwick provide a range of support for students with disabilities and other needs through the Student Disabilities Team.

Disability Services

Contact details

024 761 50269
Westwood Campus
University of Warwick
Kirby Corner Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: W20
  • Training programme code: 2WCN

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
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