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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET, Level 7)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Please note: This course is not suitable for those wishing to teach in primary and secondary schools

Course Aims

The PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programme is designed for those teaching/training or wanting to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community and nurse education, vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, school sixth forms, 14-19 school/tertiary courses. The PGCE (PCET) programme addresses a range of teaching placement subjects and vocational areas.

Special Features

Course Description

The one year full-time programme of study provides sound preparation for employment in the lifelong learning sector and provides a generic and specialised subject approach to teacher training. The course is divided into two semesters and operates over approximately 35 weeks:

Semester 1: University-based. Induction, initial training and preparation for teaching practice are addressed through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

Semester 2: Supervised teaching practice takes place under the guidance of a subject-specific mentor at a college or other placement venue. De-briefing of teaching practice and professional consolidation of own learning cumulate in an Annual PGCE student conference.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for well qualified graduates who are keen to teach and train in the post-16, further education and related training and education sectors.

Applicants should possess at least a 2:2 degree in a subject they wish to teach (or an appropriate professional qualification).

Please note: It is desirable that all applicants should have Maths at GCSE grade C or above or equivalent access qualifications at level 2 on entry to the programmes.

English Language Requirements

In line with Cardiff University’s English Language Policy all UK applicants are required to hold GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C or above, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 5.5, or the equivalent prior to commencement of the course.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Further Information

Places on the course are determined by the places available for teaching practice in partnership colleges. Applicants may arrange their own teaching placement only after successful interview. Such placements are based on specific requirements, teaching specialism and personal needs.

It is a requirement that all students complete a DBS form before commencing the PGCE programme. In most cases this will be done at interview stage with a payment of £44, which the applicant is required to pay.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £9,000 £14,500
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mr Jason Whyley  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4021 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175 


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