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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Post Compulsory Education) UOB Level 6 (part-Time)

Teacher Education HE Part-time


Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Post Compulsory Education) UOB Level 6 (part-Time)

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a qualification for those who want to teach in the Adult Learning Sector (Post Compulsory Education-PCE). The PGCE is a University of Bedfordshire (UoB) Award. Both pathways lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills) which is the main requirement to teach in the Adult Learning Sector. QTLS is given for those wanting to teach learners aged over 14 years of age and is awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF – Formally the IfL). This is different to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which those wishing to teach in schools work towards.

The PGCE is a 2-year part-time in-service course designed for people that would like to teach learners aged over 14 years old. The course provides core professional training in teaching for staff who would like to work in the area of Life Long Learning, addressing the 2014 ETF National Standards for Teaching and Learning with Post-Compulsory Education. It comprises a single programme that can be taken at two levels, either the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This course is equivalent to the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Formerly DTLLS).

The course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills).  QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools). The part-time course allows trainee teachers to both work and study for the teaching qualification at the same time. It is ideal for people who are already in a teaching position, but need to get qualified. Some trainee teachers volunteer their time for 50 hrs each academic year to meet the entry requirements of the course.

The programme is suitable for people currently teaching in:

  • Sixth Form and Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Training and Education in industry and commerce
  • Adult Training in public sector services such as the NHS, the police, and social services

The PGCE is set at Level 5 and is for non-graduates. The PGCE is set at Level 6 and is intended for graduates.


  • To apply for the Kettering course please visit here.
  • To apply for the Bedford course please visit here.
Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 13/09/2022
Type: HE
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 5:45pm - 9:00pm
Length: 2 years
Fees: £3,125.00
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Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 26/09/2022
Type: HE
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 5:45pm - 9:00pm
Length: 2 years
Fees: £3,125.00
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Course information

Entry requirements

This is an in-service course. To start the part-time PGCE you must be engaged in teaching in Post-Compulsory (F.E, H.E or Adult) education for at least 50 hours per academic year.

Have a suitable qualification (and or experience) in the subject you want to teach. This must be at NQF/QCF Level 3 or above.

You must have GCSE English and Maths at C grade or equivalent (we can advise you if you need to retake these courses to allow you to access the PGCE course).

You must be at least 21 years old.

Course Content

This is a modular, taught course. There is one lesson per week.  Learners will also be required to complete a programme of observed teaching which links the taught elements to teaching practice.

The first year includes elements such as; lesson planning and Scheme of Work design, Behaviour Management, Teaching methods and resources, Assessment and Evaluation.

The second year includes elements such as: Action Research, Policies, Settings and Contexts of education, Curriculum design and specialist areas such as teaching learners with SEN.

Year 1

  • Planning and Preparing for Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching and Learning Process
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Observed Professional Practice One

Year 2

  • Theories and Principles of Inclusive Learning and Teaching
  • Researching Practice
  • Curriculum, Design and Development
  • Professional Practice Two

Additional study will be required outside College. There are two weekend study days per year at the University of Bedfordshire (UoB). These days bring together students from all the partner centres and provide the opportunity for all learners to form special interest groups to explore their own particular area of practice in more detail.

Assessment Methods

Units are assessed by a mixture of: Assignments, Presentations, Microteaching and Observed Teaching Practice.

Each Unit represents 150 hours of study of which 24-30 hours will be classroom based (total attendance required is 3 hours per week). Most of the taught sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with extensive independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work, project, assignment or presentation that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. Learning Outcomes for the PGCE are structured slightly differently, as they require a wider range of knowledge and more evidence of analysis and critical thinking.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you will be qualified to practice as a Teacher, or Trainer in the Lifelong Learning and F.E sector. Further courses could be taken at the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) either to improve subject specialism or to further career prospects. Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector (QTLS/ATLS). QTLS can now be transferred to QTS and this could be a route for teachers wanting to teach in Secondary Education (Schools).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.