Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in PCET ProfGCE

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This course is for people who want to teach subjects which are not widely available, such as Sports Science, Psychology, or Dance. This ‘pre-service’ course is for graduates who are not yet in work.

You will develop your knowledge of teaching and learning, and improve your own teaching skills.

Why us?

  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Course structure

The contact time for this course is four hours a week.

You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, direct learning, and group work. You will be assessed with assignments, seminars, presentations, and observed teaching practice.

This is a Professional Certificate level course, and the modules are at national level 4 and 5.

Core modules

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 credits)
  • Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Policy and Curriculum (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change (20 credits)

Practice-based modules

  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development (total of 40 credits)
  • Advanced Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
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You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

You must have the following academic qualifications:

  • An HNC, and advanced NVQ Level 3/4 or Professional Qualifications
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

You must also have:

  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check from the last three years, from the point of enrolment
  • A completed medical pro forma
  • Evidence of significant work experience in the area you wish to teach

If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to complete a short in-house literacy assessment, and participate in a group activity.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is tbc.

Please note this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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This course is a route into teaching, which can be a rewarding career with excellent job security. Graduates of this course now work in a variety of educational environments, including Further Education colleges, Sixth Form colleges, Training organisations, and Prison education.

According to our 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality Further Education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

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