Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Level 7

Course Code: ST1HE01


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2022University Centre1 Year / £8,750Apply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                            

Duration: 2 day a week
Day/s of week: Thursday and Friday
Time: 09:00am - 4.00pm
Indicative Delivery:  100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

Train for a rewarding career in teaching with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

This nationally-recognised course combines teaching theory with 300 hours’ teaching and teaching-related practice to allow you to develop your own effective teaching style.

Ultimately, you will be equipped to teach in a wide range of education and training settings, and make a positive difference to people’s life chances and future employment.

The PGCE is delivered by expert tutors at a Grade 1 Outstanding college and benefits from unique content (such as positive behaviour management), extensive 1-2-1 support, no exams and an excellent graduate to employment rate.

Applications for the PGCE must be received by the deadline of 30 June 2021.

Applications after this date may be considered providing applicants meet all the entry requirements above, including having already found a teaching placement of at least 100 teaching hours plus the 200 hours of teaching-related activities.



Entry Requirements

  • Honours degree in your chosen subject area (minimum 2:2 classification)
  • GCSE English grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 (previously grade C) or above is preferred. However if you do not have GCSE Maths you will be required to study this alongside the PGCE.
  • You must obtain satisfactory DBS clearance prior to starting the programme. While having a previous conviction will not necessarily preclude you from undertaking a PGCE; consideration will be given on a case by case basis.
  • You will need to complete a successful professional discussion with the curriculum

Qualification Obtained

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6Level 7

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Preparation for Education and TrainingST4MD00120Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Promoting Positive BehaviourST5MD00120Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Developing Teaching Learning and AssessmentST6MD00120Mandatory

Level 7 Modules

Curriculum Development Enhanced PracticeST7MD00120Mandatory
Practitioner Enquiry Deconstructing PracticeST7MD00220Mandatory
Contemporary Issues in Education and TrainingST7MD00320Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6Level 7

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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