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    18 October 2019

Are you looking to gain a nationally-recognised teaching qualification in post-compulsory education and training (PCET)? If so, our PGCE PCET is for you. You'll benefit from our strong partnerships with organisations and colleges outside of the University as well as workshops and the superb support offered by tutors and mentors.

What's covered in the course?

We match your degree subject (in any subject area) to one of the PCET specialisms that we offer:

  • Arts, Media and Performance
  • English, Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science and Technology

The means you could have a degree in subject to apply for this course and we will place you in one of the umbrella categories above. For example, if you have a degree in Health and Social Care you'll fit into Science and Technology, or with a degree in Construction you might fit into Science or Mathematics. If you're unsure how your degree fits into one of the categories, please contact the course director, , you will be able to help guide you. 

You’ll study a wide range of modules alongside completing at least 150 hours of teaching in your main subject area. Your coursework, assignments and teaching practice will continually be assessed as you progress through the programme.


Applicants must meet requirements of being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Learn more.

Why Choose Us?

  • 97.9% of the School's full-time postgraduate students were in employment or further study six months after their course according to the 2016/17 DLHE survey report.
  • The chance to get a nationally-recognised qualification, making you eligible for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).
  • We have a reputation for the quality of our teaching and preparing trainees to meet the demands of today's adult education sector.
  • We have partnership arrangements with most colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units, training agencies and private businesses.
  • Former trainees come back to share their subject specialism with current trainees.
  • A strong focus on developing your subject specialism.

Teaching breakdown

The course embraces technology both for teaching and learning activities, via Moodle and other virtual learning environments (VLEs) and the assessment purposes. Digital literacy skills are enhanced through the production of videos, podcasts, blogs and E posters, which will extend and enhance your technological skills, which are vital for interacting with learners in a range of modes. Flipped learning and social media activities, such as Twitter and Facebook, also form part of teaching and learning strategies, in which you will engage.

Assessment methods

Assessments are made on the basis of coursework assignments, the practice of teaching and related tasks the completion of the Professional and Minimum Core Standards. There is no final examination, however, all parts of the course must be satisfactorily completed before the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education and Training can be made.

These awards do not confer a license to practice but do form a route to Qualified Teacher/Tutor/Trainer Learning and Skills (QTLS). The PGCE PCET does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status which is required for school teaching.

Further study

After achieving your PCET, we would encourage you to go on and qualify as a QTLS, by studying via the Society for Education and Training.

This course offers 60 credits towards an MA in Education or Masters in Teaching and Learning, which some of our trainees continue on to after completing their PGCE PCET course.

University's accreditation

As a provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), we are regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial.

It inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted inspections of ITE providers provide an expert and independent assessment of how well we are performing and the quality of teacher training offered. Information in the inspection report can help prospective trainees decide which providers suit their training needs.

In the latest Ofsted Inspection (March 2014) Birmingham City University was awarded a grade 2 rating 'good' for its primary and early years, secondary and post-compulsory education and training provision.


We have partnership arrangements with large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units, a number of training agencies and private providers.

You will spend three days each week, between November and May, on placement and you will be supported by your tutor/mentor.

Your placement might be within a local school teaching 14-plus students, a local sixth-form teaching post-16 learners or teaching adults in an offender learning department within a prison.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course boosts your chance of finding a job after graduating because the focus and subject specialism is designed to enhance your employment opportunities.

Graduate jobs

Our trainees have gone on to gain employment in local colleges, schools and sixth forms. Some have taken up jobs abroad.

Visit the Post-Compulsory Education and Training - PGCE page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!





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