Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)

Course Details

Course Title: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Certificate in Education Time:
Type: Professional Qualification Duration:
Start Date: Register Your Interest End Date:
Day Cost:
Mode Part-Time    

This course is run in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.

The PGCE is a recognised professional teaching qualification for post-graduates wanting a route into a career in teaching or training. Studying part-time, you will develop the skills required to be an effective educator and trainer.

If you are a PGCE applicant you should hold a UK first degree or equivalent and relevant work experience (where appropriate to the subject field). You must also hold qualifications at NVQ Level 3-4 in the subject area you teach, if this is different from that of your degree.

If you are applying for the Cert. Ed course, you should have a HN, CGLI Advanced, NVQ or equivalent at Level 3 or 4, HNC/ HND or Advanced Diploma or other professional qualification.

You are required to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable if the University conditions are met. You will be required to identify a work- based mentor who can guide you in your subject specialism.

The Certification in Education and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education are structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work, such as designing learning materials, assessing students and evaluating teaching and learning. There are four 30 credit modules as follows:

Year 1

• Teaching, Learning and Assessment
• Personal and Professional Development

Year 2

• Teaching a Specialist Subject
• Curriculum and Professional Issues



Assessment takes place at the end of each module and takes the form of reports, presentations, essays, case studies and logs/journals as appropriate. You must obtain 240 credits to complete these courses.

Students can use their credits to go on to a top-up BA (Hons) in Education Studies at a number of local institutions and/or teaching in the post compulsory sector.

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