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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is a combination of practical teaching skills and academic assessment equipping trainees with the skills to enable them to teach across a range of sectors.


The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The teacher education team also provide a range of guest speakers to broaden the experiences of trainees through a CPD programme. Delivery is complemented by the use of G-Suite for education applications including Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Hangouts. Part time students are expected to spend at least one to two hours per week supplementing their studies via resources on our Virtual Learning Environment Google Classroom.

Students are expected to attend both the University Centre and their teaching placement each week. For full-time students, there is a one week block study period to cover key training for teaching in the post 16 sector and a four-week block placement in January.

Placement / Workplace

Pre-service students are currently expected to arrange their own teaching placement in a lifelong learning sector organisation but we are developing an internal programme of placements at our Hub Campus so if you are having trouble finding a placement then please let us know. Placements may include further education colleges, sixth form colleges, external higher education, adult and community learning, offender learning or private training. Your placement/workplace will be discussed at interview to ensure suitability.

Module Assessment

We currently assess modules through a wide range of assessments including a microteach, essays, presentations, video presentations and essays, seminar papers, critical reviews and reflective accounts.

Lesson Observations

Alongside the lesson observations carried out by your mentor, your Cert Ed/PGCE tutor will also carry out formal observations of your teaching during the year to support and develop your teaching practice.

Portfolio of Work

Over the course of your studies, you are expected to compile a portfolio of work through the G-suite for education platform with support from the course team. This Practical Teaching File forms part of your final Ofsted grade awarded to you at the end of the course.

Different course options

Full time | Doncaster University Centre | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Principles and Practice within Post Compulsory Education (20 Credits)
Practical Teaching and Learning (40 Credits)
Exploring Specialist Teaching (40 Credits)
Advanced Professional Practice in Context (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You'll need to have: For the Professional or Postgraduate courses, a degree is required (or equivalent) from a recognised university, usually in the subject specialist field. A placement is required with a guarantee of 100 hours teaching/training within the Lifelong Learning Sector, for the one year course. For the part time course, the requirement is 50 hours per year. Candidates will be required to undergo an initial core competencies assessment. Pre-service Applicants are expected to have some relevant experience of working with people in an educational setting. This is generally done on a voluntary basis before applying for the course. For pre-service students, an enhanced DBS check will be carried out before the trainee enters their placement. For in-service students a copy of a workplace DBS is required.