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Post Compulsory Education and Training Pre-Service ProfGCE

Post Compulsory Education and Training Pre-Service ProfGCE

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General) Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education

Course type


Course Summary


The Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Pre-service is a professional teacher education course that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

This course is designed for graduates with degrees from a wide range of subjects, including those not widely taught in secondary schools (such as Sport Science, Health and Social Care and Dance). If you would like to pursue a career in teaching, but are unable to attend university on a full-time basis because of other obligations, for example, work and family commitments, then this part-time course could be for you. It will equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. The course benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT), one of only 10 Centres for Excellence in this Sector. The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the team.

Career ready

When you complete this course you will have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training in Post-Compulsory Education and Training qualification or a Certificate in Education (PCET) depending on which route you follow.


Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change(20 credits) (20 Credits)
Developing Theories of Teaching Learning and Assessment in PCET(20 credits) (20 Credits)
Advancing Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)
Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in PCET (20 credits) (20 Credits)
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector(20 credits) (20 Credits)
Practical Teaching and Professional Development 2(20 credits) (20 Credits)
Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy: English Literacy (20 credits) (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This part-time course is not available to international students.

Entry requirements

For the Professional Graduate Certificate you will usually need to hold a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.