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    Part time available

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    2 years part-time

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    14 August 2019

Share your love of learning. Use your specialist subject knowledge every day. Help people discover new interests and careers.


The Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Pre-service is a professional teacher education course that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

This course is designed for graduates with degrees from a wide range of subjects, including those not widely taught in secondary schools (such as Sport Science, Health and Social Care and Dance). If you would like to pursue a career in teaching, but are unable to attend university on a full-time basis because of other obligations, for example, work and family commitments, then this part-time course could be for you. It will equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. The course benefits from its direct link to the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT), one of only 10 Centres for Excellence in this Sector. The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the team.

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).

The course is led by a highly qualified team who are extremely research-active and lead on a number of sector research projects.

There is also a certificate route available for entry onto this course.

This pre-service course is for people who have not necessarily had any previous experience as a teacher, but who want to make a positive difference in the Further, Adult and Vocational Education sector. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an In-Service Part-Time (PCET).

Course Structure

Contact time is four hours per week in an encouraging and productive learning environment that provides student teachers with opportunities, time and space to develop their knowledge of theory, and refine their teaching practice alongside highly experienced and research-active teachers and teacher-educators. 

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, including; interactive teaching, lectures, seminars, practical teaching workshops, tutorials, directed learning and group work.

You will also be expected to successfully complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice placement over the two year course (50 hours per year).

Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summative observations of teaching practice.

This course is for people who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector, you may be interested in our part-time Post Compulsory Education and Training In-service.

Modules on this course include:

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 credits)
  • Developing Theories of Teaching Learning and Assessment in PCET (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy: English Literacy (20 credits) English pathway only
  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development 2 (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in PCET (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change (20 credits)
  • Advancing Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 credits)


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.

Employment & careers

When you complete this course you will have you will have a PCET PGCE, the full award for teaching in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Your new qualification can open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector.

Please note that this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is required to teach in state-maintained Primary and Secondary schools in England and Wales.

Previous graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas:

  • Further Education colleges
  • Sixth Form colleges
  • Training organisations
  • Prison education

Following successful completion of the course, and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Teaching Practice Placement

We will help to arrange a minimum of 100-hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector, over the course of your two years of study (minimum of 50-hours teaching practice per year). Your Teaching Practice Placement will provide you with valuable opportunities to work alongside experienced teachers and to learn how to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector. You will be supported and guided by a Subject Specialist Mentor who will be allocated to you through the University of Sunderland’s Placement Office. Please note that you will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from placement.

Visit the Post Compulsory Education and Training Pre-Service - CertPCET page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!





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