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Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

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Full time | City Campus, Newport | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) qualifies you to teach in the further, adult and vocational education sector. It is a full, nationally-recognised teaching qualification, specifically designed for those aiming to teach a vocational subject in areas such as Business, Health and Social Care, Media and IT.

The University of South Wales at Newport has led the field in vocational teacher education in Wales for many years, on our campus in Caerleon, in our partner FE colleges and more recently in our riverside campus in the centre of Newport.

The course aims to develop student teachers:

  • who are familiar with/confident about social sciences discourse
  • who may later be interested in pursuing Master’s study in Education
  • whose writing is already at Master’s level (assessed during application)


There are no exams, assessment is 100% coursework.

You are assessed in many different ways including practical and interactive activities, as well as written coursework.


Our graduates have a proven track record of moving into fulltime and permanent teaching posts. This course will help you develop confidence and skills in working with a range of people and using the latest technology and media. It will also prepare you for further study.

After completing the course, you could have a career as a PcET practitioner within the Post Compulsory Education and Training sector, e.g. Further Education (FE), Training Providers, Adult and Community Learning and Work Based Learning.

Recent graduates have gained full and part time employment across the sector and many of our past graduates actively support the course as mentors for our new student teachers.


This builds on your professional learning in Developing Professional Practice, as you continue to plan, teach, reflect and be observed. You will also look beyond the classroom towards the post-compulsory education landscape and learn new technology/animation skills for an assessed presentation.

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

Students need a 2:1 degree or above are desirable, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject area. If they are offering a vocational subject they are normally expected also to demonstrate that they have some relevant vocational experience. Mathematics and English language GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable.

University information

The University of South Wales offers students the opportunity to learn and develop key skills essential for employment. Courses are developed and delivered in partnerships with employers, representing the leaders of industry, the public sector and national bodies. Study is 100% focused on what employers need in the future and courses carry the relevant professional accreditation wherever possible. Students can enrol on full-time or part-time...more