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What's Involved

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a two-year in-service programme over 32 weeks and is run in partnership with the University of East London (UEL). Over the two years you will explore the theoretical, sociological and practical aspects of becoming a good teacher. Whatever your subject specialism, you could pass on your knowledge and expertise to other people.

There are six compulsory modules (programme components), totalling 120 credits. All trainees will have employment either paid or on a voluntary basis as teachers in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 100 hours’ teaching practice over the programme duration. Trainees will attend taught sessions for five hours per week in the evening.

Part-time mode:
Year One - Semester 1
Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (reflective practice, classroom craft and planning) 15 credits.
Learner support in the lifelong learning sector: professional values and sector context 15 credits
Portfolio of practice and professional learning (this runs throughout the year)

Semester 2
Assessment and feedback in learning and teaching 15 credits
Portfolio of practice and professional learning (this will be studied throughout the year)
Learning from policy context and practice (introduction)

Year Two - Semester 1
Learning from policy context and practice (completion) 15 credits
Active Inquiry
Portfolio of practice and professional learning (this will be studied throughout the year)

Semester 2
Active Inquiry 30 credits
Portfolio of practice and professional learning (this will be studied throughout the year) 30 credits

In addition, trainees will need to successfully complete 8 assessed teaching practice sessions against the professional standards for the lifelong learning sector as well as provide the appropriate evidence bundles for these over the two years. The full qualification is worth 120 credits.The overall outcome for the course is pass or fail. 

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one 5-hour evening session per week plus placement. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Entry Requirements

A full degree, minimum 2.2 classification in a subject specialist area
GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
You will be required to undergo a two-stage interview process
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at a charge of £44
A strong level of commitment to teaching.

f you are interested in applying for the course, please contact the Admissions team for a Teacher Education application form This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 455011.

As a trainee you will be enrolled on a course of study leading to the award of a degree of the University of East London (UEL). As such, you are regarded as a student of the University of East London as well as Havering Colleges and both institutions work together to ensure the quality and standards of the course on which you are registered. The final responsibility for all quality assurance, validation and standards’ matters rests with UEL.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by the University of East London. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a lecturer in a further education setting, teaching lifelong learning and skills-based courses. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the further education sector industry and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

With this qualification you will be trained to teach across a variety of contexts, and will be equipped to find work in settings including:

Colleges of Further Education
Adult Learning Colleges/Centres
Community Learning Colleges/Centres
Prisons and Youth Offending Services
Sixth Form Colleges
Sixth Form Centres
Teaching in secondary education - at the discretion of the school

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status once you have become a member of the Society of Education and Training (SET) and undertaken professional formation. Please note that UEL and Havering Colleges do not confer this status, but we can offer support with the application.

Course Assessment Method

Assessment for learning takes place throughout the sessions and is designed to examine students’ understanding of the pedagogy and requirements of summative assignments. There will be formal, or summative, assessment at the end of each module. You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme.

Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted assignments/in-programme assessments, formal assessments (written, practical, portfolio or oral) or both.

HE programmes at Havering Colleges are taught and assessed using learning outcomes and QAA Benchmarks (where available) to enable you to demonstrate learning and achievement for modules, levels and programmes. All learning outcomes have to be successfully addressed in the assessment process.

You will also be required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practical teaching and pass eight formal lesson observations over the duration of the two-year course.

You must pass all modules and lesson observations in order to complete the course and gain your qualification. Results for each module (Pass or Fail) will be presented to the Assessment Board.

The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in part-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over two years and will study for one evening per week. You will be expected to complete 100 teaching hours across the two years alongside self-study.

All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress. You will also be supported by a mentor within your placement who will work alongside your tutor and classroom observer.

Where and When

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Level 6 PGCE

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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Accrediting Body

University of East London

2020-21 Course Guide

Havering College Course Guide 2020/21

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