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

Are you interested in teaching or training young people and adults? This teacher training course is for graduates who want to teach a wide range of learners aged 16+ in further education colleges, sixth form colleges, training organisations, prisons, public services or voluntary and adult community organisations. 
The (PgCE) Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) level 6 award is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification for teaching and training in the post-16 sector. It provides eligibility for QTLS in England, and registration with EWC in Wales.
Students on the (PgCE) Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) come from many different backgrounds – you could be a new graduate, a trainer or looking for a career change.

You will be welcomed into a collaborative environment where we work with you to develop the professional values, knowledge and skills you’ll need to work and thrive in a diverse and dynamic PcET 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

Students on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) in Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET) and its sister course, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET) study alongside each other in fully integrated groups. The same module titles are taught across both programmes but these are assessed at different levels in terms of academic writing and scholarship

The (PgCE) Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) course comprises 120 credits undertaken at Level 5 (100 credits) and Level 6 (20 credits).

This teacher training course aims to develop professional values and key practical skills for teaching at this level with a strong pedagogical underpinning. The structure of the PgCE PcET course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning.

Preparing to Teach (Level 5 – 10 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of teaching and learning strategies, and theories that

  • promote inclusive and experiential learning
  • highlight the importance of detailed session/lesson planning
  • promote effective class management in readiness for practical teaching at placements.

This module will develop students’ confidence relevant to practice as teachers in FE and various PcET settings. Learning theories and teaching strategies will underpin all practical work and critical analysis of approaches will be encouraged together with reflective evaluation. Students will focus on developing their own subject pedagogy, incorporating collaborative learning and assessing classroom management strategies.

Learning and Applying Pedagogy (Level 5 – 10 credits)
This module provides participants with the opportunity to research, apply and evaluate different teaching, learning and assessment pedagogical approaches appropriate to their subject specialism. Through the module, students will apply different theoretical principles in their planning, delivery and management of learning events thereby modelling best practice. An embedded model for cross-cutting pedagogic themes is applied to enhance the curriculum and own practice, and ensure equality of opportunity. Students will also engage with new and developing technologies to support teaching and learning.

Planning and Assessing Learning (Level 5 – 20 credits)
This module stresses the centrality of planning and assessment in the learning process. It encourages students to link theory to practice, consider sequential learning including co and pre-requisites plus various learning and assessment principles and strategies relevant to the needs of their learners. The module aims to develop confidence in producing a scheme of work from a syllabus, unit or module etc. and takes into account relevant factors that influence the planning and preparation of learning programmes and events, for individual learners and groups. Students are encouraged to explore creative assessment methods and consider contextual factors within a range of learning contexts across the FE and PcET sectors.

Independent Study (Level 5 – 20 credits)
This module is designed to support students in undertaking an action research project that relates to an area of challenge or concern within their own teaching environment. Students will have support from their tutors and placement mentor to identify their research focus and are encouraged to gather documentary evidence and qualitative data to inform and illustrate their research. At the heart of the action research project is the development of new strategies and approaches, in order to address the stated challenge or concern. The module provides opportunities for collaborative peer learning, sharing work in progress, and presenting findings and ideas for future development to peers.

Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment (Level 5 – 20 credits)
This module will introduce students to innovative approaches to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in their own practice with a particular focus on developing confidence and experience in the use of online, digital and mobile technologies. Students will research and engage with a wide range of tools, technologies and media and create learning activities that that are meaningful, inclusive and experiential for the learners in their own subject areas. The module provides learning opportunities that are relevant for teachers in the FE and PcET sectors and will allow students to experience collaborative approaches to the planning, delivery, participation in and critical evaluation of a range of innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

Professional Practice 1 (L5 – 20 credits) and Professional Practice 2 (L6 – 20 credits)
At the core of our teacher training course is the concept of the teacher as reflective practitioner. These Professional Practice modules run throughout the entire course and offer participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of the concepts relating to reflective practice and its application to professional development.

The modules allow students to address the practical application of a range of teaching skills including planning, delivering, assessing and evaluating. The work produced for this module constitutes a portfolio of evidence that allows trainees to demonstrate that they have undertaken an appropriate range of activities whilst on placement. The Professional Practice modules also provide opportunities to share good practice in relation to students’ developing roles and responsibilities as professionals working alone and as a member of a team, in the PcET sector, for example, through discussions of critical incidents, and presentations of strategies for embedding literacy and numeracy within specialist subject areas.


The full-time teacher training course is delivered over one academic year. Students are required to attend University sessions currently 9.30am-3.30pm every Wednesday and Thursday. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are designated as study and teaching practice times.

Teaching practice timetables are negotiated with the placement provider and generally start after successful completion of the Preparing to Teach module in the autumn term. Students should expect to be increasingly involved in their teaching placements as the academic year progresses.

Part-time students are required to attend University once a week. In the first year taught sessions are currently held on Wednesdays 9:30am-3:30pm and in the second year on Thursdays 9:30am-3:30pm.

Wednesday modules (60 credits)

  • Preparing to Teach L5
  • Planning and Assessing Learning L5
  • Learning and Applying Pedagogy L5
  • Professional Practice 1 L5

Thursday modules (60 credits)

  • Enhancing Learning, Teaching and Assessment L5
  • Independent Study (Action Research) L5
  • Professional Practice 2 L6

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used. These include experiential learning, reflective learning, skills practice, lectures, group work and group discussions, workshops, case studies, student presentations, technology enhanced learning activities and visiting speakers/expert practitioners

Students are also allocated a University tutor for regular tutorial sessions to discuss issues that run across the course.


Wherever possible, assessments are realistic and reflect the range of activities undertaken by teachers in the post compulsory education and training sector.

There is a strong emphasis on developing professional practice underpinned by pedagogic research and an awareness of ongoing developments within PcET and students’ own subject areas.

Assessment is 100% coursework and includes peer teaching, reports and essays, individual and group presentations, seminars, resource design, small scale research projects and practical teaching observations.

There are no formal written exams. Your professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations, and a professional development portfolio.

Students must pass all of the practical and theoretical aspects of the course.


At the heart of the teacher training course is the placement. By the end of the course, students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice and 40 hours of observations/departmental duties.

For full time students, we offer a supported placement in an appropriate PcET environment including colleges, training organisations and adult education environments. All full time students are provided with a mentor at their placement.

Part time students source their own placement and mentor (50 hours teaching practice plus 20 hours observation in year one; 50 hours teaching practice plus 20 hours observation/departmental duties in year two).

Students are formally observed six times during placement as part of their Professional Practice modules.


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 PgCE PcET course team are all experienced teacher trainers, who started their careers as teachers in Further, Adult and Community and/or Secondary education. They come from a wide range of subject backgrounds, including Maths, Science, English (ESOL and Adult Literacy) and ICT, and have a range of teaching and research interests. Key staff are:

  • 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
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child Workforce and Child Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants) 
  • 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 20 hours of observation/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 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2021 - July 2022 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 * £47.2
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 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

For the full time course, please apply via UCAS Teacher Training
For the part time course, please register and apply directly to the University

The main purpose of this teacher training course is to prepare you for employment in the post compulsory education and training sector.
Employment prospects for our graduates are good. For many, their teaching practice placement is an invaluable source of experience, information, and sometimes employment on the successful completion of their PgCE.

On successful achievement of the (PgCE) Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) teaching qualification, you will be a fully qualified teacher within the PcET sector and eligible to: