If you are looking for a rewarding new career, Southport College University Centre offers a range of teacher training courses for those looking to teach students age 16 and above.

The PGCE programme

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the Further Education and Post-16 Skills Sector. The qualification is open to all in service, pre-service and pre-employment teachers, trainers and tutors in the Lifelong Learning Sector or suitably qualified people who wish to enter the profession.

Please note that we have PGCE and Cert Ed courses starting in both September and January. Please apply online and you will then be contacted by our admissions team to confirm your prefered start date.

Fees - £3,225 per year

Students of any age studying on a Higher Education course, including the PGCE, can apply for funding via the student loan system but Southport College University Centre will require proof of the loan being in place before a student can enrol on their programme of choice. Southport College University Centre accepts a range of payment methods for higher level course tuition fees. Typically these are full payment without a loan, an invoice from an employer confirming they will pay the fee or payment via the student loan system.

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Careers & Employability

When you study at Southport College University Centre you are studying for a qualification that gets you ready for work. Because the courses we offer are vocational you gain the skills employers want as well as the theory that underpins them. Southport College University Centre offers a wide range of university level courses that allow you to develop the knowledge and high-level skills to enhance your career, progress into employment and/or onto further study.

Meet our students

Lydia Haram, PGCE

Lydia Haram, PGCE

After studying for a degree in graphic design at university, I had ambitions of becoming a teacher, so I signed up to the PGCE. The course revealed what goes on behind the scenes in teaching, which I found so invaluable. Whilst studying, I undertook a placement delivering teaching sessions to FE students, giving me the experience, as well as the qualification, to successfully secure myself a job as a qualified art teacher.
I would really recommend the course at Southport College University Centre because it has such a warm and welcoming environment. You feel your self-confidence grow with knowledgeable lecturers supporting and guiding you throughout. The HE facilities are of such a high standard, the library and its staff are amazing, with such a wide variety of books, journals and resources, all of which has got me into my dream career.

Jo Coughlan, PGCE
Jo Coughlan, PGCE

I decided to undertake the PGCE at Southport College University Centre as the evening classes were convenient and fitted around my home and work life. As I already worked at the college, I knew that the teaching staff were committed, knowledgeable, understanding and hardworking and throughout my course, those teaching staff were always there to help and guide me every step of the way. I have really enjoyed the variety of units on the programme, learning new skills, interacting with peers and developing my wider learning. For anyone considering a career in teaching, I would definitely recommend the PGCE at Southport College University Centre. The programme has undoubtedly helped me to secure my teaching job and I would not be where I am today without the qualification.