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The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. The programmes aim to provide opportunities to develop confidence and skills to apply basic principles of adult learning in different contexts.

Both programmes include a combination of university based tuition and experiential practical teaching in the work place, to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.

Course Overview

If you want to teach or train young people or adults, we offer a range of ways to achieve a post-16 PGCE or Certificate in Education. The PGCE and PCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are designed for those teaching/training or wanting to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community, vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, school sixth forms, 14-19 school/tertiary courses.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post-compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.


You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that we will use to encourage participatory learning and reflective analysis throughout the programme. The overall aim will be to create a context for learning that acknowledges the special characteristics of adult learners.

Year 1 Modules
-Preparing to Teach
-Promoting Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
-Information and Communications Technology
-Supervised Teaching Experience 1

Year 2 Modules
-Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
-Professional Role in the Context of PCET
-Supervised Teaching Experience 2
-Plus one option module
-Some of the above modules are offered at Masters Level.

In addition to the above modules, each course member must successfully complete 150 hours of teaching practice over 2 years.

The full-time course combines the above modules.

Key Features

Studying for a postgraduate or professional qualification is an investment in your career. We aim to equip you with the tools to enable you to transform your life and provide you with an education that makes you both confident and competent to embrace your chosen career path.

You may be a graduate with a degree subject, not widely taught on PGCE secondary courses, such as law, media, veterinary nursing, art history, nursing, childcare, drama and accountancy, the PGCE PCET can give you the qualification to you teach your subject specialism.

Alternatively our part-time study allows you to fit your studies around your existing life, or employment so that you can gain a postgraduate or professional qualification while continuing your career or with other commitments you have.


Assessment of the programme is continuous with assignments related to applicants' specialism and a weekly reflective discussion. Teaching practice is integral and must be passed.

Career Opportunities

There are increasing opportunities for those with work experience to undertake training and lecturing in a variety of institutions such as colleges of further and higher education, vocational and non-vocational education, work-based education, training organisations, local government, public services, the voluntary sector and workers' education associations.

The huge range of possible workplaces, the diverse nature of the students, and the variety of subjects to teach – it all adds up to make post-16 education and training a very exciting area of education.

The qualification offers a range of employment options on graduation, from further and higher education to workplace and community education.

Visit the Post Compulsory Education (PCET) - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!





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