The Further Education and Teaching PGCE (L6 or L7) or Cert Ed (L5) provides the nationally recognised teaching qualification for those wishing to work in the further education sector. This could include, eg, a college of further education, a sixth form college, prison education, vocational training or an organisation such as a private training company.

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE), and there may also be an opportunity to gain masters-level credits to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

From September 2021, this will be awarded by University of Brighton.

The programme is on a Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm. At present, students have a blend of Resource Based Learning (RBL) with attendance online. This provides opportunities to interact and engage with the lecturers and other students.

When COVID-19 Restrictions allow, some sessions will resume on-site at Reigate College.

  • An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Contemporary Issues in Education and Training
  • Teaching Practice in Education and Training
  • Applied Learning Theory and Inclusive Practice
  • Wider Professional Practice in Education and Training
  • Practitioner Enquiry

Assessment is by:

  • Observation of Teaching Practice
  • Assignments
  • Reflective Activities

The diverse nature of the Post 16yrs Phase of Education provides a wealth of experiences for the trainee teacher on this programme. The network of other professionals in differing contexts on the programme, promotes opportunities for Peer Observations, cross-curricular discussions and visits to other schools and colleges.

The existing network of Alumni provide access to subject expertise to meet particular needs and aspirations of trainees.

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2021. They should be used as a general guide. 


  • An Undergraduate degree
  • Level 2 qualification in English language and a Level 2 maths at grade 4/C is desirable

Certificate in Education:

  • Level 3 or equivalency in the subject you are teaching
  • Level 2 qualification in English language at grade 4/C or above. Level 2 maths at a grade 4/C is desirable
  • Secured teaching of 50 hours minimum per year
  • A secured and named mentor who is qualified as a teacher and is experienced in the teaching of your subject and/or context
  • Successful interview 

As partners of the University of Brighton, progression is plentiful, eg,

For trainee graduating with a Cert Ed, there may be opportunities to continue part-time studies to degree level with the BA Hons Working with Children and Young People.  See BA Hons Working with Children and Young People

For trainees graduating with a Prof or PostGCE, there may be opportunities to continue part-time study to achieve a Masters Degree Education.  See MA Education

Trainees on this programme are enrolled at University of Brighton and have access to facilities at both Reigate College and the University, including:

  • Access to quality teaching resources and rooms
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to Reigate College’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • A specific area for social engagement prior to and during the sessions at Reigate College

What sector is your programme aimed at?

It is primarily aimed at trainee teachers who want to work in post-16: FE colleges, sixth form colleges, 14-19yrs in Schools, Adult Ed, prisons, charities, private training sector and public sector organisations. It will also, however, provide a route into teaching in schools (see below).

Does the programme lead to QTS?


Will your programmes qualify me to teach in Primary and Secondary schools?

If you are solely interested in teaching in the Primary or Secondary sectors you will want to consider the associated professional programme leading to QTS see

If you successfully achieve the PGCE/Cert Ed and achieved your QTLS status you would then be able to apply for teaching roles requiring QTS.

What is QTLS?

QTLS stands for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. It is the professional status for teachers in the post-16 sector, just as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the professional status for teachers in primary and secondary education.

For more information regarding the gaining of QTLS and the equivalency of QTLS to QTS, please see

Do you need to be teaching to do the PGCE/Cert Ed?

Yes, it is an in-service model of Initial Teacher Training. You must be employed or working voluntarily as a teacher with support from a Subject Mentor for at least 50 hours in Year 1 and 50 hours in Year 2. These hours must accumulate across the year.

Can I apply without the confirmation of my teaching?

Yes, you can still apply for the programmes, but you will not be offered an unconditional place until teaching is secured.

To apply please complete the PGCE application form and read the accompanying privacy notice for staff. Please note we are no longer accepting applications for September 2021. Any applications received will be considered for September 2022.

Please download and save this form to your computer, re-naming the file to include your name. Type your responses in the boxes then re-save the file and email it to Electronic signatures are acceptable.

If you are in-service and already working in a college or equivalent, or about to start your teaching role, you must secure approval from a suitable mentor and from a line manager. They must then also complete the relevant sections on the application form before submission – sections 11 & 12.

If you are not in-service, please leave sections 11 & 12 blank but ensure that you complete all the other sections of the application form. As an ‘in-service’ programme, a place on the PGCE/Cert Ed cannot be offered until the employer and mentor agreement is signed.


If your application meets the entry requirements you will be invited to interview. We aim to respond to applications promptly and interviews are typically within a month of application.

As part of the interview there will be a brief, informal presentation, a short ‘free writing’ exercise and a 1:1 discussion/interview. It is anticipated that this whole process will take a maximum of 2 hours in total.


The full cost of tuition fees need to be met. In many cases students will borrow the amount of the tuition fees from Student Finance England (see below). Alternatively, you can self-fund or your employer may pay for you.

Fees per Annum for 2021 Start: £3,000

Student loans

The government offers student loans to cover your fees and living costs.

You can apply for a loan providing your course is at least 25% intensity of an equivalent full-time course. 

Tuition fee loan – If you apply for a tuition fee loan, the government will pay your fees directly to the university for you. Click here to find out more.

You will be given further details about how to apply for a loan once you have been offered and accepted a place on the programme.

Maintenance loan – If you apply for a maintenance loan, you can receive money each term towards your rent, food and other living costs. The amount will depend on your household income and where you live.