Different ways into further education

As I know I want to teach at a further education level, there are three training routes available to become an FE teacher…

  • pre-service — this involves gaining a teaching qualification with a university, college or other training provider, with entry requirements decided by the specific institution. Eg Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). These are academic qualifications focusing on developing teaching skills. You still get QTS, but you’d get a PGCE as well.in-service — typically involves working within further education as a teacher while training part-time at a college of FE
  • in-service — typically involves working within further education as a teacher while training part-time at a college of FE
  • transferring to FE — if you already have a teaching qualification, you can transfer to FE with a few additional steps and potential extra qualifications, all of which can be done in-service

The full teaching qualification for the sector is the level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) but if this is taken at a university [or even some FE colleges] it may be called a PGCE or a Cert Ed. There may also be the designation PCET [standing for Post Compulsory Education and Training] to distinguish it from a schools’ PGCE.