Teacher Education & Social Studies

If you are considering a career in teaching post-16 learners or if you are currently working as a verifier or assessor, our courses are designed to help you improve your knowledge of working in education. We have course options including the PGCE/Cert Ed, the DET, the AET (formerly known as PTLLS, which is ideal if you are looking to work in this area) and TAQA qualifications. Our Social Studies area offer courses in Psychology & Crime, Child & Family Studies and Educational Practice where you can gain the experience to enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Why choose us?

Strong local links
We are a partner college of the University of Bedfordshire and have strong links with both schools and the Bedfordshire Local Education Authority, ensuring that every opportunity for progression is open to you.

Consistent improvement
The success rates of our Teaching & Training students are well above benchmark at 92%, and have improved year on year for the last three years: 87%, 91% and 92% respectively. This demonstrates that studying at Bedford College will give you excellent opportunities to become an effective practitioner in your educational area.

Highly qualified tutors
The qualification levels of all the staff in the department far exceed the programme requirements and staff have Training & Development awards, as well as a wealth of classroom and training experience.

Our students are 100% satisfied with their training
In a recent survey of our students, 100% stated that lessons were well-planned, objectives were clear and lessons were challenging. Our staff are committed to promoting best practice in education, and they will actively encourage you to work with other students and staff to improve your knowledge.

Train to be a Teacher

Our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (CertEd/PGCE) is designed for those looking to teach vocational based subjects in a college environment OR academic based subjects such as GCSEs and A-Levels, in a Sixth Form environment.

The Cert Ed/PGCE is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Adult Learning Sector (16-19) and is a University of Bedfordshire accredited Award. Both pathways lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in Post-Compulsory Education. We have both part-time and full-time routes available.

Full-time (pre-service route – with placements)

Part-time (in-service route)
If you already have a teaching position/placement but need to obtain the qualification...

For more information contact Lindsey Francis via email. 

Everything you need to know...

The National Careers Service website has useful information about becoming a Further Education teacher.

The FE Advice website also has helpful information about becoming a teacher, incentives for training, qualifications, the variety of the sector and most of what you need to know as a new entrant or an existing worker.

View information about applying for a student loan or grant

NEW Bursary announced to Train as FE Teachers - Find out to see if you are eligible.

Social Studies

Thank you for your interest in completing a course within the Social Studies area at Bedford College. Our courses offer the opportunity to enhance your professional practice, learn new skills and develop your understanding of a specific interest. We are pleased to offer the following courses:

Foundation Degrees

Degree Top Ups

From 2019, we are delighted to now offer two Top Up courses which can be accessed through completing the corresponding Foundation Degree enabling you to complete your full degree here at Bedford College. This year, over 85% of our students who completed the Foundation Degree have gone onto the corresponding Top Up. We have a range of staff who are experienced in their subject area who can support you through your course. Our group sizes tend to average between 10 and 20 students, enabling us to offer more personalised learning and more 1:1 support. 

Our courses require you to attend lectures one day (Full Time) or evening (Part Time) of the week and be in a relevant placement setting (excluding the Top Up courses where no placement is required). This means that our courses are flexible and many of our students find this beneficial to fit in with family and work commitments. We also have trips and guest speakers as part of our curriculum. Trips include going to the Freud Museum, the Old Bailey to watch proceedings and to the Houses of Parliament. Guest speakers include a Forensic Psychologist, a Social Worker and a Probation Officer.

Please look at the individual course pages for further details, entry requirements and details on how to apply. We would be delighted to hear from you. For further information, please contact Kara Burgoyne via email.

Teacher Ed & Social Studies