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This course is a follow-on programme for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Teaching.


Study PG Cert Education (Further Education) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Further Education) PGCE (FE) (postgraduate level)

This course is a follow-on programme for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Teaching. For acceptance onto the course students must meet the entry requirements as set out and must liaise with their employer in order to provide evidence that they are employed in an FE College or in the work based learning sector.

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About this course

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Advanced teaching skills will be covered on the course. Your classroom practice will be observed and you will be required to draw upon reaserch and academic literature to complete your assignments.


Days and times to be confirmed but duration is part-time for one year.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply all applicants should normally:

  • Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English and Maths (GCSE grade C or equivalent). See DEL circular FE12/09 Annex A;
  • have completed the Certificate in Teaching (CIT) from the University of Ulster or have successfully completed the Diploma in the Teaching and Management of Adult Literacy or Numeracy from Queen's University Belfast.

    You must submit your Diploma to claim this exemption. Please note that it is only the Diploma and not the Certificate which can be used to progress straight to the PGCE (FE) programme.

  • meet the general education requirements and experience requirements as outlined in Annex A DEL Circular FE12/09 issued November 2009.
  • be currently in paid employment as a full or part time teacherin an FE College or the work based learning sector for at least 8 hours per week over one full academic year (Oct – May) with full teaching responsibility for a group of at least 6-8 learners. You will need a statement from your employer stating that you meet this criterion. Unfortunately one-to-one teaching is not acceptable.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

This course is aimed at individuals already working in the FE or adult teaching sectors.


Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

Fees for 2016-17 Entry

All PGC FE students must undergo teaching observations. The arrangements surrounding these observations will decide which level of fees an applicant must pay.

FE Supported Applicants ONLY -Teacher Tutors in colleges are trained by the University to work to an agreed standard for classroom observations. Normally this will involve suitably qualified staff appointed by employers undertaking a mentoring programme of study with Ulster. Students who are paying their own fees, but whose college has agreed to carry out their observations will be charged as follows:

£28.61 per credit point x 60 credit points = £1716.60

This is the same rate that colleges will pay for students who are also having their fees paid by their employer.

Fees for Non Supported FE Applicants and WBL Applicants -Those outside the FE College partnership (FE employed students who are NOT having their observations covered by the college, and ALL WBL employed students) will be required to undertake a University supervised observation. This will incur an additional fee of £400 for the PGC FE.

Therefore for non-FE supported PGC FE applicants fees will be £1716.60+£400= £2116.60.

Payments can be made over 5 instalments or 10 instalments (for self-funding applicants ONLY, employers will be invoiced).


Course Director: Dr Tracy Irwin

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6606