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Professional Graduate Certificate In Education 14+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) PGCE

Professional Graduate Certificate In Education 14+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Teaching (General) Engineering Studies Mathematics Teaching Technology

Course type


Course Summary

This course emphasises the teaching of science, technology, computing, engineering or mathematics related subjects. It’s designed to help you integrate your specialist subject knowledge with educational theory and practice, supporting you to become an effective curriculum specialist teacher. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, and it’s not limited to schools. Further education and sixth form colleges, adult and community education, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning are also environments where talented teachers are needed. If you’re already qualified in an area such as science, technology, computing, engineering or mathematics, then this course offers you the skills and knowledge needed to teach your specialist subject to people aged 14 and above. This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment.

Course Highlights: Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our ITE partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’. We have strong links with local providers and employers in STEM-related sectors, and you’ll have the opportunity to seek a placement with a provider aligned to your specialist subject; Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice; You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you throughout the programme, and support you to develop your Professional Practice Portfolio. The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key Features: The University of Bolton sits at the heart of an extensive and well-established partnership of post-14 education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments; Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education; We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities. Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.

Career Opportunities: The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ (STEM) is a teacher education course for graduates who wish to teach in the Further Education and Skills sector of education; for example in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning. In this sector, you’ll have the opportunity to work with further education learners who range in age from 14 years to adult. These students come from different backgrounds and experiences and may enter further education from local schools, the community, industry or local businesses.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning - Core
Preparation for Education and Training - Core
Promoting Positive Behaviour - Core
Professionalism and Quality in the Specialist Curriculum - Core
Teaching, Learning and Assessing - Core
Specialist Professional Practice Portfolio - Core
Professional Specialist Research Project - Core

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

Students must have at least a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject that is related to STEM; for instance, Science, Technology, Computing, Engineering or Maths. If their degree is not from a recognised UK higher education institution advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability. If they have an HND, Foundation Degree or DipHE, then they will need to look at the Generic pathways. CertEd Certificate in Education 14+ (Generic) course details. They have an Upper Second Class (2:1) or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) our Master’s level PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ (STEM).

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more