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Post Compulsory Education and Training Pre-Service PGCE

Post Compulsory Education and Training Pre-Service PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

This course will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. This programme is designed for graduates with degrees from a wide range of subjects, including those not widely taught in secondary schools (such as Sport Science, Health and Social Care and Dance). If you would like to pursue a career in teaching, but are unable to attend university on a full-time basis because of other obligations, for example, work and family commitments, then this part-time programme could be for you. It will equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. The programme benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT), one of only 10 Centres for Excellence in this Sector. The programme is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the team.

When you complete this course you will have you will have a PCET PGCE, the full award for teaching in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Your new qualification can open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector. Please note that this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is required to teach in state-maintained Primary and Secondary schools in England and Wales. Previous graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas: Further Education colleges; Sixth Form colleges; Training organisations; Prison education. Following successful completion of the course, and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The annual fee for this course is £4,625 per 60 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have an honours degree award with a classification of at least 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. There is also a certificate route available for entry onto this course. The entry requirements for this route are as follows: You must have obtained an HNC, an advanced NVQ Level 3/4 or Professional Qualifications; You must also provide evidence of significant work experience in the area that you wish to teach.