PGCE/CertEd Further Education and Training Level 6

Teaching is a very fun and rewarding career. This course will give you the skills you need to enter into the Lifelong Learning Sector of post 14 to 16 education. The course is split into two pathways depending on your prior qualification. You can study the Cert Ed if you have a Level 3 qualification, but have not obtained a degree; and you can study the PGCE if you are qualified to degree level. Both pathways are taught together over the two years, where you will learn how to effectively plan lessons, practise your teaching technique and develop your own teaching style. Your learning will be split between practical teaching activities and classroom observations, with the other half consisting of theory and academic study. Over the duration of the course, you will develop a good balance of interpersonal and academic skills, which are essential to help you complete the course and start your career in teaching.




Level 7

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)


Higher Education (HE)

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What will I study?

The first year of the course will give you a thorough introduction to teaching. You will understand the core values and skills needed for effective teaching practice. You will explore a range of contemporary issues in education and training, and discover your own style of teaching.

Core modules

  • Introduction to teaching
  • Learning and assessment in further education and training
  • Contemporary issues in further education and training

In your second year, you will compile growing evidence of your teaching skills and you will be able to demonstrate the important connections between key educational theories and their practice. Throughout the course of the year, you will also undertake a research project to help you become a more analytical and reflective practitioner.

Core modules

  • Developing teaching
  • Professional practice
  • Teaching practice

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Our interesting and thought-provoking lectures are taught by fully trained and qualified teachers with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. This course is recognised as the gold standard of teaching and meets the new professional standards for teachers and trainers in education and training – England 2014.

During the second year there is the opportunity to study up to Masters Level. You will be able to gain invaluable knowledge, confidence and professional awareness by seizing work experience opportunities with local educational institutions.

Our flexible approach to teaching means that you can study this course alongside your work commitments. Visiting speakers and lecturers from the industry can offer a great insight into the industry, including how to prepare for Ofsted inspections, and what Ofsted inspectors look for.

You will be able to take advantage of a number of trips and visits to teaching conferences and exhibitions using our well-connected tutors. Our tutors will also provide you with a teacher toolkit full of essential teaching resources enabling you to hit the ground running in your career.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

For the Level 5 CertEd: Successful completion of a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate discipline/industry experience and a Level 3 Award in Education and Training; GCSE A-C/Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths (if the required maths qualification has not yet been achieved, it is possible to join the course but proof of enrolment on a GCSE/Level 2 Functional Skills maths course will need to be provided); up to date DBS check, confirmation of 50 teaching hours/year; a satisfactory reference.
 For the Level 6 ProfGCE & Level 7 PGCE: An honours degree at 2:2 or above in an appropriate discipline; GCSE A-C/Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths (if the required maths qualification has not yet been achieved, it is possible to join the course but proof of enrolment on a GCSE/Level 2 Functional Skills maths course will need to be provided); up to date DBS check; confirmation of 50 teaching hours/year; a satisfactory reference.

How will I be assessed?

Alongside ongoing formative assessment there will be four assessed modules in Year 1 and two assessed modules in Year 2. Assessment will also include teaching observations spread over a 2 year course duration.

What qualification will I achieve?

On successful completion of the first year of the course, those studying Certificate in Education can certificate with 60 credits at Level 5.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have completed the course you will have greater scope for employment in the private a public sector of teaching. You will have developed a diverse range of skills that will enable you to start your career in the world of teaching. You will be able to teach in a wide area of subjects, or you may wish to undertake further training to specialise in a particular subject.