The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) course is for you if you are a graduate from a relevant subject looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification in order to teach learners aged 16+ in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector.
On the course you will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in Post-compulsory Education and your confidence as a professional practitioner. At the University, you will be encouraged to take responsibility for planning and managing your professional experiences and development as the course progresses, with the guidance of your personal tutor and your subject specialist workplace mentor. You will also experience a supported placement in one of our partner colleges enabling you to develop professionally with the support of an experienced subject specialist mentor.
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) offers participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to helping future generations of students to improve their life chances. The teaching team have a huge range of experience in a variety of post-compulsory settings in the UK and overseas.
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) is one of a range of teaching qualifications offered by the School of Education. This course is designed for teaching in the post-compulsory education sector, with students aged 16+.
The structure of the course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle, and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning. Other themes include diversity, equal opportunities, inclusive learning, curriculum and policies in Post-compulsory Education. You will be encouraged and supported in developing your skills and understanding in language, literacy, numeracy and ICT, to the professionally required level, by addressing the minimum core requirements in these areas.
This course, like all teacher education courses, develops a very wide range of skills and aptitudes that can be applied in many different settings, though the focus is on your own personal, professional development as a subject teacher in this sector.
Our trainee teachers are drawn from a wide range of subjects which reflect those currently offered in our partner further education colleges.
Learning and teaching methods
Assessment is very closely connected to your own work activity and learning.
Work Experience and Employment Prospects
The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning, the work of many voluntary organisations and community development.
Assessments include reports, group tasks, small scale research projects and practical teaching observation. There are no formal written exams. Your professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations, and a professional development portfolio.