Post-Compulsory Education And Training Certificate in Education

Location South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site
Duration 2 Years
Course start September
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Course outline

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

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 and three 30 level 5 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 5)
  • Action Research and wider professional practice in PCET 30 credits (level 5)

Successful completion of the modules will lead to the award of a Certificate in Education (PCET) worth 120 credits. These credits could be used towards a BA in Education

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

Entry requirements

You must have access to a full breadth of teaching experiences within PCET. This is essential, as all modules require you to evaluate and reflect upon you own current practices as a teacher and as an education professional in order to achieve the learning outcomes. You need to guarantee that you have a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice throughout the duration of the course.

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).

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.

Graduate destinations

Holders of the Certificate in Education (PCET) could use the credits towards completing a BA Degree in Education.


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