PGCE and Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector)

UCAS Code: T01 STE2 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: One year full-time
PGCE and Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector) Awarding body

About the PGCE and Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector) course

This course is ideal if you are wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector (age 14+). This includes sixth form, further, higher and adult education such as hospitals and the prison service. It also includes community and youth services, uniformed services, private training providers and large organisations with in-house training departments.

During the programme you will undertake project work with your group and individually. Academic work includes critical examination of teaching, learning and assessment theory, and how this relates to practice; development of your own subject specialism; and a key focus on enhancing your professional capability as a teacher.

You will learn the fundamental skills of teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum development in your chosen subject and age cohort. You will be able to take part in tutorials, hear from experts in their field, join in the active debates surrounding education and acquire significant amounts of real teaching experience.

Please apply via UCAS– see links to the UCAS course pages below. You will also need to download and complete the reference request form in order to complete your application.  Please return the completed reference request form to [email protected].

Certificate in Education – Institution Code T01; Course Code STE3

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education UCAS Institution Code T01; Course Code STE2

Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Institution Code T01; Course Code STE1

Entry Requirements

The minimum qualification you need to gain entry to the course is at Level 3 in the subject(s) that you intend to teach. Applicants should usually have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent). Those wishing to enter the Professional or Postgraduate Certificate in Education routes must hold a UK bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).

Applicants for the Certificate route would usually have 3-5 years industry experience. Voluntary employment may be acceptable in certain circumstances.

Applicants will need a work placement to gain the required 100 hours practical teaching experience, an interview and appropriate references. The course team will endeavour to find an appropriate placement subject to availability. Applicants should also aim to complete a minimum of 5 days experience shadowing in an appropriate setting. An enhanced DBS check is required.

What you will learn

The level you will study the following modules at will vary depending on the final qualification being awarded:

  • Principles and practice in PCET (20 credits)
  • Practical Teaching and Learning (40 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Context (20 credits)
  • Exploring Specialist Teaching (40 credits)

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document.  However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures.   If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely.  If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.  We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer.  For the placements in your programme, TEC Partnership will do everything it can to ensure you have the opportunity to complete the placement element of your programme and/or potentially, where possible, amend the programme removing the requirement for placement (or part of it) if there is likely to be difficulty.   We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve.  We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.

What next?

This programme enables you to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for those teaching in appropriate contexts (this is a separate course). They do not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those intending to teach in schools.