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Professional Graduate in Education (PGCE)

Professional Graduate in Education (PGCE)

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course Description

This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at The Award qualifies you to teach in post-compulsory education. The course is designed to enable you to develop your skills.

Who is the course suitable for?

The courses are suitable for teachers or intending teachers in post-compulsory education.

Course Content

The course is based on reflective learning with skills-based, practical teaching. You will learn how to organise and plan your teaching and learning sessions and use different assessment methods; how to plan and develop inclusive learning and promote equality in your lessons and understand how to use a range of classroom management skills. You will examine teaching and learning theories and learning about the contexts in which teaching and training happen. You will consider curriculum design and will review, reflect on and develop your own professional practice.

Development of Maths and English

You will build on a range of study and vocational skills including English and Mathematics and ICT during the course.

Employability Skills Development

College and University staff will support your professional development throughout the course, discussing the range of jobs available in education settings and linking them to your skills and experience.

How will i know how well i am doing?

Assessment is through a series of assignments and a portfolio which includes reflection on your practice. Your tutor will help you track your progress and support you in completing the programme of assessment successfully.

What course can i do next?

Teachers of adult basic skills (literacy, numeracy and ESOL) are required to possess additional accredited qualifications beyond the Cert Ed/QTLS; the university has a programme of dedicated Diplomas in these areas (and in mentoring, tutoring and ICT) which are offered in the college centres as required.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


60 weeks

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For aged 19-23 : £3,125.00; 24+:£3,125.00

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Admission to the course is by interview to demonstrate personal skills appropriate for a member of the teaching profession and to present evidence of meeting entry requirements. You should demonstrate GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics. For the Certificate in Education, you will need a subject specialist qualification at CQF Level 3 or above, and for PGCE, a second class honours degree or above is usually required. For either Award, you must be engaged in teaching in post-compulsory (further, higher, adult, training) education for at least 50 hours per year. You will need to elect a subject-specialist mentor.