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Cert Ed / PGCE / ProfGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology)

Cert Ed / PGCE / ProfGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology)

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Technology: General Teaching / Training Teaching (General) Craft Design And Technology (Cdt Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

The Post-Compulsory Education and Training with SET is a ‘closed course’ with entrants limited to those whose applications are supported by their employment in FE colleges/centres in the PCET with SET Hub. The course leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education and training sector. The awards meet the national professional standards, set out by the Education and Training Award. 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.

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.

Careers and employability

The post-compulsory education and training 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. On gaining the award, students typically pursue a career in one of these areas teaching as science, engineering or technology lecturers or tutors within their specialist field. QTLS is completed post-qualification and within your employing institution through professional formation, which involves you demonstrating your skills and knowledge in your professional practice. Applications are made by you through the Society for Education and Training and the time frame for completion is determined by your individual circumstances.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For the Prof GCE / PGCE: a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in SET related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level qualifications in a SET related subject at grade B or equivalent; and relevant work experience will strengthen your application. For the Cert Ed: A-level in a SET related subject 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. NTU’s teaching was rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. 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...more