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PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate In Education (M) 14+ Teaching Learners With Additional Needs

PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate In Education (M) 14+ Teaching Learners With Additional Needs

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Learning Disadvantaged People: Teaching Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course aims to build on your personal strengths and interests to help you become an effective and creative teacher of people aged 14 and over who have additional needs. Achieving your potential can be difficult for everyone – but especially for young people and adults with social, mental health, behavioural or emotional challenges, physical or cognitive disabilities, sensory impairments, communication difficulties or learning differences. Teaching Learners with Additional Needs (TLAN) can be an exceptionally rewarding, if demanding, career. If you have the commitment, courage and patience then this Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course offers you the knowledge and skills to help others develop their understanding, confidence or independence, enabling you to transform lives. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Course Highlights: TLAN offers enormous scope. For instance, you might teach personal independence and social skills to people with profound learning difficulties, help students in pupil referral units or prisons learn basic maths and English, or support learners with hearing or visual impairments to develop employability skills; Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our ITE partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’. The University of Bolton sits at the heart of an extensive and well-established partnership of post-14 education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments.

Key Features: This is a pre-service ITE course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education, as well as educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning. We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities. Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning. We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.

Career Opportunities: This course focuses on teaching learners with additional needs. You could therefore be specifically employed to work with young people who need additional support or who require an advanced programme of learning in order to reach their full potential. Many TLAN teachers/lecturers work with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, social or mental health needs or a combination of these difficulties. The University of Bolton Postgraduate Certificate in Education (M) 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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum - Core
Action Research Project for Teaching in a Specialist Area of Additional Needs - Core
Inclusive Learning and Teaching for Teaching Learners with Additional Needs - Core
Promoting Positive Behaviour - Core
Theories and Frameworks for Teaching Learners with Additional Needs - Core
Preparation for Education and Training - Core
Preparation for Education and Training - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject. You’ll need to have experience of working or volunteering with Learners with Additional Needs, e.g. you may have worked as a support worker, teaching assistant, learning mentor or carer, volunteered for a charity, or you may have experience supporting a family member with additional needs.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more