About

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training from University of South Wales is a a collaborative environment where we work with you to develop the professional values, knowledge and skills you’ll need to work and thrive in a diverse and dynamic PcET sector.

What you will study

The (PGCE) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PcET) course comprises 120 credits undertaken at Level 6 (60 credits) and Level 7 (60 credits).

This teacher training course aims to develop professional values and key practical skills for teaching at this level with a strong pedagogical underpinning. The structure of the course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning.

Careers

The main purpose of the (PGCE) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PcET) programme is to prepare you for employment in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

The employment chances of our graduates are good. For many, their teaching practice placement is an invaluable source of experience, information, and sometimes employment on the successful completion of their PGCE.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Preparing to Teach
  • Learning and Applying Pedagogy
  • Planning and Assessing Learning 
  • Independent Study
  • Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment
  • Professional Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:1 degree or above is desirable, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject area. If you are offering a vocational subject you are normally expected also to demonstrate that you have some relevant vocational experience
  • Mathematics and English language GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable
  • Enhanced DBS check required as appropriate
  • Part-time applicants will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching, and 20 hours of observation of an experienced tutor in the first year and in second year will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching and 20 hours of observation/departmental duties.
  • An interview is required for this course

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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