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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills Sector)

Looking for a qualification to teach in FE colleges, sixth forms, prisons, adult education or work-based settings? The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is for anyone teaching or interested in teaching in a lifelong learning setting and in all subject areas including engineering, science, construction, sport science, maths, English, social sciences, languages, SEND, retail, hospitality and catering, leisure and tourism, business, IT, learning technologies, childcare, healthcare and art and design.

The PGDE is a qualification similar to the PGCE but with the advantage that it offers you the chance to study entirely at Level 7 with the additional benefit of studying a specialist module to develop your individual subject specific teaching skills.

This video was filmed in March 2015. Please note that updates have since been made to the course details as follows:

The course induction now takes place over a two week period.

SEND and ITT are not currently offered as subject specialist routes, however both topics remain an integral part of the course and are addressed through CPD activities.


Applications are closed for 2018.

Starts Monday 24 September finishes 21 June.

Qualification Postgraduate Diploma, 120 credits at Level 7
Qualifications required 2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent, one academic reference
GCSE English and maths at Grade C or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no component below 6.0.
Length One year full-time
Venue Main Campus, The University of Warwick/ Placements
More information

Debbie Reardon - Course Leader, The University of Warwick

Ellen Buttler - Director of Initial Teacher Training, The University of Warwick Tel: 024 7615 1297

Please use our contact page to send us an enquiry.


2018 Fees

Home/EU 9,250

Overseas £19,100

Student finance may be available. For further information please contact studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk

Bursary information is available from

Bursary payments for 2018/19 have been confirmed. View potential additional fees

Progession route Students can complete 1 further module and a dissertation to receive a Master's in Educational Innovation with Specialism in FE through the Centre for Education Studies

Key features of the course (2018/19)

  • Nationally recognised Initial Teacher Training course at a top university
  • Excellent value - 120 credits all at Level 7
  • Bursaries may be available for teachers of maths or English
  • Specialist modules available for those wishing to teach: Maths or English
  • Individual specialist module to support development of subject specific learning skills
  • Integrated CPD workshops on SEND and Learning technologies (subject to change)
  • Support with changing careers
  • Teacher Training placements across the midlands
  • Awarded outstanding by Ofsted in Leadership and Management in November 2015
  • Two days in University, two days in placement and one study day per week - see typical weekly timetable

Format of the course

The course is a one-year, full-time course and offers the following modules in 2018/19.

Module Code Module Title (equal weighting all 30 credits)
CE988-30 Curriculum Design and Planning for Inclusivity
CE989-30 Practice Based Inquiry
CE990-30 Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
CE991-30 Professional Practice in the FE and Skills Sector

Learn more about the course structure.

1. Further Education is diverse and dynamic and includes organisations such as Colleges, Sixth Forms, Secure Estate, Work Based Learning, Adult and Community Education. Programmes are designed to develop teacher trainees to work across the sector. As such all trainees will be required to arrange widening teaching visits to develop their experience. Information about these visits will be provided on programme.

2. All trainees will be expected to pass the teaching practice component. If the trainee has not reached good in their teaching practice by the end of programme, they will be required to undertake further observations.

During the course trainees may be subject to an ofsted inspection at the University or at their placement.

3. Please visit this link for more information about teaching expectations and positive outcomes for all

Entry requirements

Applicants will have a 2.ii honours degree and hold GCSE English and maths at Grade C. All suitable applicants will be required to provide 2 suitable references and attend a course interview (see below).

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.

Fees and funding

The fee in 2018/19 is £9,250 which is the same price as most PGCEs but with an additional 30 credits and all at Level 7.

Bursaries payments for 2018/19 are:

ITT Specialism
Mathematics £25,000
English £15,000

Students must hold a UK degree with at least a lower 2nd class honours or equivalent for mathematics, at least upper 2nd class honours or equivalent for English

More information on bursaries can be found on the website. Please note funding is limited and not all trainees who are eligible may receive a bursary.

Student loans may also be available. For more information please contact studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk or visit the Warwick Student Funding webpages

Applicants will be required to complete a new DBS check, dependent on the route (online or post office) this costs between £53 - £60 and will be completed by the University.

How to apply

Applications are through UCAS. You can find the course by clicking here on the UCAS Teacher Training search tool and then follow the instructions below:
•Select UCAS Teacher Training
•Click on Find training programmes starting in 2018
•Under "all age ranges" select Further Education then;
•Under "all regions" select West Midlands and click on search
•Click on course entitled: "PGDE, FE and Skills"

The information required for the application form is:

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

Course Interview

All applicants are expected to attend an interview prior to the start of the course which will include a full assessment of English and communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), an indivdual 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.


Following this course, you may take Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills (QTLS) from the Society for Education and Training in order to transfer to teach in a school.

You can also APL 90 credits from this course towards the MA in Educational Innovation with Specialism in FE offered by the Centre for Education Studies; you would need only to complete one further module and a dissertation.

Initial Teacher Training Team


Ellen Buttler

Director of Initial Teacher Training and Essential Skills Programmes


Debbie Reardon

Course Leader

Penny Ottewill

Penny Ottewill



Bally Kaur


Liz White

Elizabeth White



Steve Pardoe



Anne Schofield


Julie Chamberlain

Julie Chamberlain

PGDE Placement Coordinator

Useful information
Initial Teacher Training staff
(click Course Teams on the left and select ITT)

Qualifications explained
For details about the different qualifications we offer, have a look at this Prospects page.

Partnership details
About ITT at Warwick