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Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training)

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is a level 7 qualification. It is designed for those who intend to take on a full teaching role, having responsibility for students throughout the learning process and engaging in teaching at a range of academic levels within their subject specialism.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is primarily for those who want to teach in Further Education and sixth form. The aim of the course is to prepare trainees to teach in a range of contexts in the Further Education and Skills sector. Trainees are expected to attend a placement that includes at least 150 teaching hours as well as other department duties such as taking part in meetings, answering queries, and planning and preparation for classes. You will be in placement for 2 — 2.5 days a week.

Assessment Method

The assessment on this course is continuous and based upon demonstrating evidence of meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (ETF 2014). There are three aspects of assessment:

Teaching practice: Assessed through observation of teaching practice to include 8 successful observations and the development of a teaching practice portfolio.

Coursework assignments: You will complete a variety of assignments including academic essays, presentations both poster presentations and group presentations.

Professionalism: Assessed through participation in class activities, performance in teaching and professional attitude. This includes evidence that you are meeting professional standards.

Where can I progress to?

Two modules of the PGCE course are at Masters level (Level 7 of the QCF) and provide 40 credits which may be used towards a further postgraduate qualification such as the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice and the MEd, as well as the Post Graduate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Framework at the University of Central Lancashire.

While it is not a school teaching qualification there may be employment opportunities in some schools for Post Graduate Certificate holders, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects. Once you have graduated you can apply for QTLS status.

Different course options

Full time | 12 Quays | 1 year | 02-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Preparation for Education and Training (Level 4)
Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 4)
Curriculum Design and Assessment (Level 5)
Action Research: Deconstructing Practice (Level 7)
Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Level 6)
Wider Perspectives in Education and Training (Level 7)

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

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need an honours degree (applicants who do not have a degree should enroll on the Certificate in Education programme); and 5 GCSEs at C/4 and above or equivalent as a minimum qualification, to include English and maths; a level 3 qualification in their teaching subject specialism, if other than their degree.