Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ (PGCE 14+)

With lectures and placement all on one site, the PGCE 14+ at Aquinas college really is a unique opportunity to learn and to transfer teaching theory directly into the classroom. Trainees at Aquinas are supported by experienced and highly skilled course tutors and subject mentors, all of whom are totally committed to and passionate about teacher education. Now recruiting for September 2021.

In 2020 100% of trainees at Aquinas successfully completed their training and went on to secure a teaching post or other positive destination.

PGCE 14+ is a teacher education course for graduates who wish to teach in the FE and Skills sector of education; for example, in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.

Duration: 1 year
Attendance: Full-time
Awarding body: University of Bolton

You will be placed at Aquinas 5 days a week for the duration of your course. You will have 8 hours a week of lectures plus tutorial time. The rest of the time you will be in subject departments being supported by experienced subject mentors. By the end of the course you will have to evidence at least 100 hours teaching alongside submitting academic assignments.

* The PGCE programme is currently in the process of re-validation. It is important that you are aware that although the content of the course, and delivery will not alter, the module titles may change from what is currently advertised.

  • Why Teacher Training at Aquinas?
      • In-house Teacher Training combining teaching placement with academic delivery
      • Exciting qualification
      • History of providing high quality teaching placements
      • Supportive and experienced subject mentors and coaches
      • Achieved Investors in people and Matrix awards
      • State of the art facilities
      • Excellent exam results
      • Motivated and engaged learners
  • Course Outline
    • What you will learn

      The course will equip you to be an effective teacher in the classroom, as well as providing you with the skills and knowledge to work in the FE and Skills sector of education. All teaching placements will be provided in-house at Aquinas College within your chosen subject departments.

      The course will involve studying seven modules worth a total of 120 credits.
      The course modules are:

      • ITE4001 Preparation for Education and Training
      • ITE5002 Promoting Positive Behaviour
      • ITE5003 Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning
      • ITE6001 Teaching, Learning and Assessing
      • ITE6002 Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
      • ITE6003 Professional Research Project
      • ITE6004 Professional Practice Portfolio


      You will be assessed through a variety of methods:

      • 8 formal teaching observations
      • Formal written assessments for each module
      • Portfolio of lesson plans and resources
      • Micro teach, team teach, individual and group presentations
  • Careers & Professional Recognition
    • The PGCE 14+ programme meets the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE teachers must complete a teacher training qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. However, since April 2012 those with QTLS are allowed to teach in schools on the same basis as those with QTS for 14+ students.

  • Entry requirements
    • The minimum entry requirement is an honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject that is relevant to the area in which you wish to teach. This course requires a DBS clearance and a health declaration before enrolment. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

  • Fees and Funding
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What our trainees say

“Since being at Aquinas I have been welcomed as a staff member and part of the team. The lectures are far more engaging than any I experienced at university, with a wide variety of active learning strategies and great resources. As a trainee teacher at Aquinas I have felt wholly supported by both my lecturers, subject mentors, personal tutor and also if I have any queries I know all the staff here are happy to help”


“I have been incredibly fortunate to be rewarded with a full time position as a PE and Sport teacher after being successful at interview. This is a great opportunity for myself to complete my NQT year in an outstanding department, at an institution regarded so highly and continue to develop into a well-respected experienced teacher in this sector.”


“A unique aspect of the PGCE course at Aquinas is that both the teaching practice and lectures are based at the college, in one location. I feel I have been able to develop a stronger rapport with the students and other staff members because of this. I have also enjoyed having the opportunity to teach a variety of classes within my subject area, such as Film & Media Studies and Creative Media Production.”


“I always had a passion for religious studies and thanks to Aquinas I was able to pursue this passion and turn it in to reality for myself. I chose Aquinas because it has a name that speaks for itself, it produces first class students and now first class teachers too. I have just secured my first teaching position, which I feel confident approaching knowing that the skills I have developed here have been to such high standards. There’s no feeling quite like knowing you are helping to inspire and motivate young people and sharing the same passion for your subject to your students. I know I made the right decision, and I have Aquinas and the course leaders to thank for that. Although I am excited to embark on my career ahead I will be truly sad to leave Aquinas behind, and it will forever hold a special place in my heart.”


Applying for the course

You can apply for this course via Bolton University:

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If you submit an application for PGCE14+ please let us know by email once you have submitted your application and send copies of your personal statement and qualifications to us at [email protected]

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact [email protected]