Post-Compulsory Education And Training PGCE

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
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Course outline

The course is offered as a full-time programme and intended for those interested in working in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector.

This sector includes FE Colleges, 6th Form Colleges, Prisons, Young Offenders Institutions, Private Training Organisations, Voluntary and Community Learning and Work-based Learning Organisations. 

The aim of the course is to equip teachers with the skills and attributes necessary for them to deliver high quality training to their learners.

The course is designed primarily for those who teach post-16 learners and is designed around a framework of Professional Standards for teaching and supporting learning in the PCET sector. 

This practical work-based course provides opportunities to develop professional understanding and knowledge through academic study, practice and critical reflection on your experiences. Trainees will need to be self-motivated and self-organised and to engage in online lecturers, work-based tasks and tutorials. Trainees will also need to work with peers and develop their practice through teaching observations. Assessment is therefore a blend of critically evaluated professional practice informed by formal academic tasks. This focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace supported by research and reflection is aimed at developing trainees’ careers as well as equipping them with the skills and attributes to develop high quality teaching and learning to their learners.

Course content

The course consists of one 30 level 4 credit module, one 30 level 5 credit module and two 30 level 7 credit modules. Each of these modules is delivered by using a variety of learning approaches.


  • Teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 4)

  • Theories, principles and models in PCET 30 credits (level 5)

  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 7)

  • Action Research and wider professional practice in PCET 30 credits (level 7)

Successful completion of the modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate Education (PCET) worth 120 credits.

These credits could be used towards the full MA Education course at Staffordshire University.

The normal timeframe for completion will be one academic year. All modules will be assessed using Staffordshire University’s criteria for work undertaken at levels 4, 5 and 7. All learning outcomes must be met.

Entry requirements

Evidence of satisfactory English language skills is required for trainees where English is not their first language, such as IELTS 6.0 or above (with a minimum of 5.5 in each category).

Normally a 2:1 classification degree. A minimum of a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in the specialist subject relevant to trainees’ teaching area, e.g. GCE, A Level, NVQ3, BTEC Higher, L3 Certificate in  an appropriate Key Skills, HND. Equivalence will be utilised in specialisms where no Level 3 qualification exists. 

A minimum of GCSE in English, at Grade C, or Level 2 equivalent already held or gained as part of initial needs analysis and induction.

You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and be certified fit to teach.

You will be invited for interview prior to your acceptance and enrolment onto the course. Teaching practice should take place as defined within the LSIS (2013) guidance documentation. You will be provided with a teaching placement post enrolment.  

Graduate destinations

Graduates, completing the teacher training qualification, go on to teach in FE Colleges, 6th Form Colleges, Prisons, Young Offenders Institutions, Private Training Organisations, Voluntary and Community Learning and Work-based Learning Organisations. 

Holders of the PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training can enter the MA Education at Postgraduate Diploma level and complete a full Masters in two years of part-time study.

Have you also considered?

If you are unsure about teaching in this sector, most of our FE partner colleges run taster courses and will provide advice and guidance.

If you want to teach in schools, please go to our school sector PGCE pages:

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