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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training)(Full Time)

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training)(Full Time)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Certificate

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This full-time course aims to provide a fully immersive teaching experience by giving you access to employment and professional development opportunities in the Education and Training sector. The focus on learning through immersion and experience will provide you with greater exposure to the nature of learners and study programmes within the sector. An honours degree (2:2) is required for entry to the programme.

You will achieve a sound conceptual and practical understanding of how to influence the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the multiple contexts in the post-14 sector. Through innovative teaching and learning strategies such as collaborative teaching and in-the-moment coaching, the course aims to model practices that trainees can enact in classrooms across different curricula and changing contexts in the sector.

At the end of the course, you will have the 120 credits that you need to teach post-14 year olds in the Education and Training sector.

This course is validated by The Open University.

Benefits/ skills you will develop

The course will develop teachers who can:

  • Apply key and current ideas about teaching, learning and assessment in the Education and Training Sector to practice
  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective and creative learning sessions for post-14 learners
  • Assess students and use assessment to improve their learning
  • Solve day-to-day practice problems through use-inspired basic research
  • Support learners in the use of language, literacy, numeracy and ICT in the specialist area


The assessment tasks are designed to stimulate authentic, meaningful and engaging practice in the workplace and relate, as far as possible, to authentic tasks and realistic contexts.

What’s next

Students completing these programmes can progress on to Qualified Teacher Learning and
Skills (QTLS) status, or onto degree level study.

Students completing the PGCE may wish to progress and study a Masters degree.

There is also the potential to progress into paid employment in the placement organisation, secondary school or Further Education sectors.


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

All potential applicants are required to attend and successfully pass an interview and will need to fulfil the follow entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme: Five GCSE subjects, including three at GCSE level Grade C or above (which must include English and Mathematics) and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject. A UK degree (min 2:2) or equivalent. If the degree is not in your main teaching area, you will be required to hold at least a minimum of NVQ (NQF) level 3 in your vocational area. All places are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau check.