University of Bolton PGCE

By | 24th April 2017

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University of Bolton PGCE

The University of Bolton Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 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.

Your choice of study will depend on the subject and area in which you wish to teach.

For teaching in a vocational and/or academic curriculum area you will choose the Generic pathway.

For teaching ESOL/literacy or numeracy you will choose the Skills for Life pathway.

For teaching learners with additional needs you will choose the Teaching Learners with Additional Needs pathway.

You should select your specialist area at the time of your application.

The PGCE 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

You may study the Generic pathway at either the University of Bolton or at a partner college. If you wish to study at a partner college, you will need to contact the college directly for timetable information. Full contact details of our partner colleges are available by visiting our ‘related links’ section and selecting our ‘partner colleges’ web page.

Please note: the Skills for Life pathways are only available for study at the University of Bolton; Bury College offers (ESOL/Literacy specialism route). The Teaching Learners with Additional Needs pathway is only available at the University of Bolton.

As part of your studies you will be required to carry out a teaching placement equivalent to two days a week. This may involve daytime or evening teaching or both. The university or partner college at which you are studying may find your placement for you or it may be possible for you to organise your own placement. If you organise your own placement this must be agreed in advance with your tutor who will need to confirm that the placement is suitable.


Entry requirementsFor the Generic pathway, 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. If the degree is not from a recognised UK higher education institution advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability. You will also require DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance and a health declaration prior to enrolment on the course. 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.

For more information about the DBS Enhanced Disclosure please visit

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/18

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/18

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Sarah Telfer (Skills for Life and TLAN Pathway Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903304

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Amanda Turner (Programme Leader – Generic Teacher Education)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903309

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Gill Waugh (Head of School of Education and Psychology)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903301

For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903