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Post Graduate Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education and Training)


This two-year part-time course is a nationally recognised teaching qualification that will enable you to teach those 14 years and over in various learning environments such as further education colleges, adult and community education, work based learning, training providers, prisons and public services. The course is designed to develop practical teaching skills as well as knowledge and application of theories of learning. You will need to have a minimum of 50 hours of teaching practice per year over the duration of the two year course. You will develop a broader understanding of the context in which teaching is carried out, including the opportunity to complete an optional unit that suits your own needs and preferences.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will normally be expected to have:

  • A relevant undergraduate honours degree in the area you wish to teach, with a minimum of a 2:2 profile.
  • GCSE English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements to complete the course.
  • To have a confirmed teaching commitment of at least 50 hours per year.
  • To have access to a subject specific mentor.

You will also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. £44 on DBS check                

Recommend: Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
16:45 - 21:00
302 yr(s)1024D1£3610.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year part-time course requiring weekly attendance on one evening for the first year, and to be confirmed with the cohort for the second year. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include portfolio/teaching file, academic posters, essays, reports, observations and a reflective journal.

What does the course lead to?

You may seek employment in a wide variety of teaching or training roles within the public, private or voluntary sector with students over 14 years of age.

What will I study?

  • Introductory Award in Education and Training
  • Theories and Principles of Educational Practice
  • Curriculum in Context
  • Subject specialist practice and CPD
  • Optional modules include Research Project: the Inquiring Professional; Promoting and Maintaining Behaviour for Learning

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

  • On successful completion, you may wish to apply to study a Master's degree. The University of Derby offers an MA Education programme with multiple pathways, or you may consider other Masters programmes at other institutions.
  • Alternatively, you may seek employment in a wide variety of teaching or training roles within the public, private or voluntary sector.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification is worth 40 credits at Level 7.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Alison Tate on 01623 627191 ext: 8442, or email the HE team at

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