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What's Involved

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is for graduates who want a nationally recognised qualification in order to teach in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector (PcET). This course will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in post-compulsory education and your confidence as a professional practitioner.

Our one year pre-service programme is run in partnership with the University of East London (UEL). Over the year, you will explore the theoretical, sociological and practical aspects of becoming a good teacher. Whatever your specialist area of study, you could pass on your knowledge and expertise to other people. You will learn as you teach through a supported teaching placement which is underpinned by the taught elements of the course.

There are six modules of study:

  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector: classroom practice and craft;
  • Learner Support;
  • Assessment and feedback;
  • Learning from policies - context and practice;
  • Active Research Inquiry;
  • Portfolio of professional development and practice.

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;
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check;
  • A strong level of commitment to teaching.

Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.

To apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team for a copy of the Teacher Education application form. We can be contacted on 01708 462833 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) by the University of East London.

Employment and progression opportunities include:

  • Teaching in the post-16 sector;
  • Teaching in secondary education - at the discretion of the school;
  • Those who pass will be eligible to register with the Society of Education and Training (SET) the teaching professional body for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) in the post-compulsory sector.

If appointed to a secondary school, the school will arrange for you to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed via module assignments and observations of professional teaching practice.

Contact our Admissions Team for an application form. Complete this and by return we will invite you for interview with the Education Team who will discuss the options available.

Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

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.
Where a class needs to close you will be informed as soon as possible and the College will endeavour to help you find alternative provision.

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Accrediting Body

University of East London

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