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Further Education and Skills, PCE/​PGCE

Key course information

Teaching, Training and Assessing


2 years

University Level

2250.00 per year

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Course Overview

Are you passionate about teaching? The Professional Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (if you have a degree) are two year courses and have been designed to be innovative in their approaches to teaching and learning through their content and assessment strategies.You will gain the specialised skills and knowledge, apply learning to practice and achieve nationally recognised qualifications providing you with a route to employment in a large and diverse sector.This distance learning course will provide you with online materials and personal tutor support. You must be prepared to work as an independent learner.The aims of the course are:- To provide high quality initial training to people already teaching/training - To provide a thorough preparation for teaching/training. - To develop practical teaching skills. - To develop a wide range of inclusive teaching and learning approaches that promote equality of opportunity and cater for individual difference. - To develop skills of reflective practice.*You will need to be in practice.

lecturer stood at the front of the classroom
lecturer stood at the front of the classroom

What will I learn?

Both the PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) and the PCE (Professional Certificate in Education) courses include modules in the following subjects:

Year One

- Professional Development (part 1)
- Theories of Learning

Year Two

- Professional Development (part 2)
- Policy and Curriculum Issues
- Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have:

A level 3 qualification in the subject you teach (or equivalent).

A level 2 qualification in Literacy / GCSE English at grade C (4) or above or working towards this qualification.

Teaching a minimum of 100 hours (50 hours each year).

Teach or train, at least part of the time, groups of students.

Teach or train in a variety of contexts which could be different subjects or different levels over the 2 years.

A mentor, who has a Certificate in Education or equivalent, will support and observe you teaching and who has a specialism in your subject area.

Evidence of current teaching/training experience for a minimum of 2 years.

For a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you will need to have a minimum of a 2.2 degree.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This course is supported by experienced academics who will guide and support you through your studies and practice.

One to one tutorials offer individual support and tutors can signpost trainees for additional help if required.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a Professional Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, awarded by the University of Greenwich.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be invited into the college for interview and you can apply to this programme via the college website.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The cost of this programme is £2,250 per year.

The programme requires a number of supportive visits to locations where you will be teaching. For distances within 30 miles of any of the college's four main campuses, this will be included in your course fees. For distances between 31 and 60 miles, further expenses at a rate of 0.40 ppm will be incurred and added to your course fees. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to be able to offer distance courses that are outside 60 miles.

Click here for the programme handbook.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Teaching, Training and Assessing

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Headteacher

  • Head of Department
  • Teacher
  • Education Consultant

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