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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-14 educational and training establishments (this could include FE colleges, adult education providers, academies, UTCs and training providers) and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the ETF Professional standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor. The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

There is a generic route designed for a wide range of post-compulsory subjects, or an integrated route, which offers qualification for aspiring teachers of English (Literacy).

We are currently looking for applicants who have relevant degrees and would like to teach any of the following subjects:

Accounting, Animal Behaviour/Animal Science, Art and Design (Fine Art, Graphics, Fashion & Textile Design, Product Design, Ceramics or Animation), Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science/Programming and IT, Construction, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Equine (Land Based), Forensic Science, General Science (Biology AND Physics or Chemistry), Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality, Law, Leisure and Tourism, Mathematics, Media Production (Creative Digital or TV and Film), Motor Vehicle, Music Technology, Performing Arts (Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre), Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Special Needs/Supported Learning, Sports Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Uniformed Public Services.

If your degree subject does not appear here you may still be able to apply.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

This is NOT an appropriate course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) for schools and does not provide the participant with a DfE number.

What happens on the course?

Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector.

You will study:

  • Working in the Post Compulsory Sector
  • Constructing Self and Identity
  • Contextualised Study
  • Reflecting on Self and Identity
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Politics, Policy and Practice

You'll also be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why become a student in the Institute of Education?

​You will learn in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short bus ride from the centre of the town. Our Education and Teaching buildings are fitted with interactive whiteboards, three lecture theatres, as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

We are committed to supporting learnings with a range of expereince, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award. Graduates from the course will join our burgeoning alumni and NQT networks.

We have strong partnerships with regional and national education organisations.

Career path

Qualifying as a Post Compulsory Teacher allows you to teach in areas such as:

  • Sixth Forms
  • Further Education (e.g. Colleges)
  • Adult and Community Learning institutions (e.g. Local Council provision)
  • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services.
  • Academies
  • International eduation settings

The majority of our students go on to successful careers in colleges, sixth forms and adult education. Our qualifications are also widely accepted in the prison service and commercial training organisations throughout the private sector. The PGCE Teachers of English/Literacy provides a clear pathway towards a full teaching qualification.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

What skills will you gain?

The course learning outcomes are: 

1. Theoretical knowledge and application

2. Practical, professional and research skills 

Visit the Post Compulsory Education - PGCE page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!





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