Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE)/Professional Certificate in Education (ProfCert) in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

Course Overview

(Subject to revalidation)

This course is ideal for those wishing to teach in the further and adult education sector, or those training people in the workplace. The course is designed to meet the Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) professional standards. 

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Updated December 2019

Entry Requirements

Relevant qualifications at a minimum of Level 3 in the area you wish to teach. Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (or be working towards them). 

Record of prior learning and transfers

For students wishing to be considered for entry, the University of South Wales Group or partner college is able, in many instances and taking into consideration the requirements of relevant professional bodies, to accredit prior learning in accordance with its published regulations.

Course Delivery

Assessment is based on written assignments, presentations and actual teaching. Students will need to undertake teaching practice of a minimum of 70 hours each year and must have this arranged before enrolling on the course. 

The first year is made up of four modules:

  • preparing to teach
  • learning and applying pedagogy
  • planning and assessment
  • professional practice 1

The second year has three modules:

  • enhancing, learning, teaching and assessment
  • the role of ICT in FE and blended learning
  • professional practice 2


Progression Opportunities

Teaching 16 years + i.e. in further education, higher education and adult and community learning.
You will then be invited for an interview and, if successful, you will be offered a place on the course.

Additional Information

The Professional Graduate Certificate (PgCE) / Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) are currently being revised by the University of South Wales and due for re-validation early 2020. Further details regarding each course will be available shortly. Please contact Holly Donohoe 01792 284171 or Beth Hughes 017920284098 if you need more information.

Costs are £2,625 per year. For information on financial support, including tuition fee loans and fee grants, visit

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • £40 for a DBS check which is an essential element of this course
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