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Cert Ed / PGCE / ProfGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Mathematics and Numeracy)

Cert Ed / PGCE / ProfGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Mathematics and Numeracy)

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Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Basic Mathematics (Numeracy) Teaching Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Mathematics Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

Post-compulsory and Mathematics teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This teacher training course is suitable for applicants with subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education and training sector. The awards meet the national professional standards, and will enable you to register through NTU for professional formation in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).

Registration for QTLS through NTU in the academic year immediately following qualification is free of charge to completing students. QTLS is the badge of professionalism for the sector and has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

This course is also offered with subject specialist pathways:

  • English and Literacy
  • Special and Inclusive Practice
  • What you'll study

This degree is offered at three award levels. You apply for the PGCE or CertEd and will be assessed for the ProfGCE once on the course:

  • PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education

You will join this level if you have a good honours degree. You will also be able to study for 60 Masters-level credits, giving you a head-start on gaining a postgraduate qualification.You may join this level from the CertEd.

  • ProfGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

You may join this level from the CertEd.

  • Cert Ed - Certificate in Education

If you have the equivalent to A-levels or have significant experience in your intended subject specialism, you will join the Cert Ed.

The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.

All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.

Careers and employability

The post-compulsory education sector covers a multitude of different educational environments including:

  • colleges of further education
  • community learning and development centres
  • places of work
  • adult education centres
  • libraries, archives and information services
  • private training organisations
  • sixth form colleges
  • prisons and young offender institutions
  • voluntary and charity organisations
  • universities.


In this module, further generic theory is explored and theory relating to your subject pathway is introduced, to allow you to develop an understanding of how theory and practice are linked. You will also identify ways in which you can support your learners in developing their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills whilst studying on your course. This allows you to build on what you learned in Module 1 and extend the range and effectiveness of your skills in developing as a subject teacher. This module introduces the idea of ?good practice? which is drawn from a range of theoretical perspectives.

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Entry requirements

For the Prof GCE / PGCE: a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in Mathematics or related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level Mathematics at grade B, or equivalent; and relevant work experience will strengthen your application. For the Cert Ed: A-level at grade C or equivalent; or substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more