Certificate in Education / PGCE (Education and Training)

Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
University Centre
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Course Details

These qualifications are open to all pre-service and in-service teachers, trainers and tutors in the Further Education and Skills sector. The certificate is designed for those who are employed or wish to be employed in a full teaching role.  The course includes the compilation of a Professional Development Portfolio, completion of the threshold award 'Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory’, and teaching and observed practice.

Whilst studying towards this qualification you will work on the following:

  • An initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and commencement of the Professional Development Portfolio
  • Completion of the threshold award - Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory
  • Teaching, learning and assessment, including 75 hours of teaching practice and 4 hours of observed practice in each of the two years of the programme
  • For those who already hold a PTLLS certificate, it must be at Level 4, with 20 credits in order to progress straight onto the Cert Ed/PGCE's second module.
  • Action research and contemporary issues in education and training are undertaken in Year 2, along with the teaching, learning and assessment module.
  • Preparation for Education and Training
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Action Research
  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Wider Perspectives in Education and Training
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Two years.
Undergraduate trainees could progress onto degree level courses, whilst postgraduate students could progress onto further study at Masters level.
Teaching or training in a post-compulsory setting e.g. general Further Education colleges, academies, free schools, sixth form colleges or training providers.

Primary contact:
Lucy Harding
Email: lucy.harding@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Heather Marshall
Email: heather.marshall@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.