Adult Courses, Higher Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET)

Course Overview

Course information:

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Teaching in the learning and skills sector, or post-compulsory sector, is demanding but also very rewarding. The sector is continually evolving for all stakeholders, and this is an interesting and exciting time for all who are active in the sector, trainees or experienced educational professionals.

As teacher educators our aim is to help you to meet the challenges presented. The programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills you will need to teach diverse learners, who may be young adults aged 16-19, mature learners returning to study or 14+ learners.

We will help you to facilitate the learning of others in pursuit of their educational and vocational goals. We will encourage you to become confident teachers who are committed to raising the achievements of your students. You will learn how to improve your own teaching through reflection and self-evaluation.

We expect that as teachers in training you will maintain high professional standards in all areas of your work. Since the nature of the full-time provision is pre-service you will currently be on placement alongside undertaking this training programme.

There are four compulsory modules, totalling 120 credits. All trainees will have a placement or employment, either paid or on a voluntary basis as teachers in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice over the programme duration.

PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training
  • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in subject specialism (20 credits)
  • Supporting learners in the lifelong learning sector (20 credits)
  • Portfolio of Practice (40 credits)
  • Practitioner Research (40 credits)
  • Entry requirements

    Applicants will need to:

    • Hold an honours degree or equivalent
    • Have GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
    • Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career
    • Attend an interview and complete a successful entry assessment with the programme team
    • Enhanced DBS
  • How you are assessed

    Higher Education programmes are taught and assessed using learning outcomes and QAA Benchmarks (where available) to enable you to demonstrate learning and achievement for modules, levels and programmes.

    All learning outcomes have to be successfully addressed in the assessment process. All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

    You will also be supported by a mentor within your placement who will work alongside your tutor and classroom observer.

  • Next steps

    For further information about application please email Customer Services

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at

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Dates Schedule Max. fee if paid
Start: 17/09/2024
End: 30/06/2026
To be confirmed
£4625.00 per year
Start: 18/09/2024
End: 03/07/2026
Wed to Fri (09:00 - 16:00)
£9250.00 per year

What Can This Course Lead To

On completion of the programme, you will be able to meet and evidence the professional standards as well as to teach effectively in the lifelong learning sector, while demonstrating secure subject and/or vocational knowledge in teaching.

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