Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) in Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

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

You will experience a teaching placement in one of our partner colleges, enabling you to develop professionally with the support of an experienced subject specialist mentor. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for planning and managing your professional experiences and development, with the guidance of your personal tutor and your subject specialist workplace mentor.

This course, like all teacher training courses, develops a wide range of skills and aptitudes that can be applied in many different settings, though the focus is on your own personal, professional development as a subject teacher in this sector.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X341 Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X341 Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

The structure of the course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle, and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning. Other themes include diversity, equal opportunities, inclusive learning, curriculum and policies in Post-compulsory Education. You will be encouraged and supported in developing your skills and understanding in language, literacy, numeracy and ICT, to the professionally required level, by addressing the minimum core requirements in these areas.

Our trainee teachers are drawn from a wide range of subjects which reflect those currently offered in our partner further education colleges.


Assessment is very closely connected to your own work activity and learning.


Assessments include reports, group tasks, small scale research projects and practical teaching observation. There are no formal written exams. Your professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations, and a professional development portfolio.


The University campus, based on Newport’s riverfront, provides an exciting opportunity to experience Higher Education with its extensive range of resources, modern facilities, library and student support.


The teaching team have a huge range of experience in a variety of post-compulsory settings in the UK and overseas. You can expect to be supported by a dedicated team of highly qualified and experienced tutors who bring a wealth and variety of subject expertise, all of whom have taught for many years and held management responsibilities in the post compulsory education and training sector.

  • A 2:1 degree or above is desirable, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject area. If you are offering a vocational subject you are normally expected also to demonstrate that you have some relevant vocational experience.
  • Mathematics and English language GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable
  • Enhanced DBS check required as appropriate
  • If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)
  • Part-time applicants will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching, and 20 hours of observation of an experienced tutor in the first year and in second year will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching and 30 hours of departmental duties.
  • An interview is required for this course


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement *
Year 1 & 2. Cost is dependent on placement location.
Other: Resources to support teaching practice *
Years 1 & 2

UK and EU students

If you are interested in studying this course full-time, you should apply via UCAS Teacher Training. If you are interested in studying part-time, apply directly to the University.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning, the work of many voluntary organisations and community development.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.