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PGCE Professional & Postgraduate Certificate in Education

University Centre Doncaster · Education

Entry requirements

For the Professional or Postgraduate courses, a degree is required (or equivalent) from a recognised university, usually in the subject specialist field. For the Certificate in Education, a level three qualification (or equivalent) in the area of subject specialist delivery is required. A placement is required with a guarantee of 100 hours teaching/training within the Lifelong Learning Sector, for the one year course. For the part time course, the requirement is 50 hours per year. Candidates will be required to undergo an initial core competencies assessment. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they carry out the duties associated with a Full Teacher role. An enhanced CRB check will be carried out before the trainee enters their placement.

Months of entry


Course content

University Centre Doncaster offers a range of teaching and training qualifications. These are:

  • Certificate in Education (level 4-5)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (level 5-6)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (level 6-7)

All of the above courses are offered as either a full time intensive one year course, or a part time two year course. The course is a combination of practical teaching skills and academic assessment equipping trainees with the skills to enable them to teach across a range of sectors in today’s society. All courses are validated by the University of Hull.

Course Content and Structure

A total of four modules will be covered over the duration of the programme. These are currently:

  • Principles and Practice within Post Compulsory Education (20 credits)
  • Practical Teaching and Learning (40 credits)
  • Exploring Specialist Teaching (40 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Context (20 credits)

Throughout each module there is an emphasis on national priority areas such as functional skills, transferable skills and employability, equality and diversity issues, inclusion and SEN and new and emerging technologies.


The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The PGCE team also provide a range of guest speakers to broaden the experiences of trainees. Delivery is complemented by the use of Blackboard and e-Bridge. Part time students are expected to spend at least one to two hours per week supplementing their studies via these Virtual Learning Environments.

Students are expected to attend both the University Centre and their teaching placement each week.

Module Assessment

There is a written assessment at the end of each module. The modules are assessed by way of seminar papers, a microteach, essays, reports, presentations, critical reviews, evaluative and reflective accounts.

Mentor in the Workplace

The PGCE course requires you to have a subject specialist mentor in your placement. They will be expected to have regular meetings with you, carry out lesson observations and provide you with areas for development during your placement.

Lesson Observations

Alongside the lesson observations carried out by your mentor your PGCE tutor will also carry out formal observations of your teaching during the year. These observations are assessed against the LLUK Professional Standards.

Portfolio of Work

Over the course of your PGCE studies you are expected to compile a portfolio of work. This Practical Teaching File forms part of your final Ofsted grade awarded to you at the end of the course.

Progression Routes

Students who have completed this qualification go on to secure work in secondary schools, further and higher education, adult and community sector and training providers.

Students may wish to consider further study in the form of the MA in Education, Innovation and Enterprise.

Professional Formation

Students who achieve the PGCE can go on to apply for their professional formation through the Institute for Learning. After preparing a portfolio (based upon a Practical Teaching File) students can apply for QTLS status. Some students who have had placements/employment in secondary schools may choose to apply for QTS status in their future careers although QTLS status is equivalent to QTS status in schools.

Visit us!

Alternatively, if you are unsure whether this is the course for you, why not visit one of the PGCE sessions and talk to our current students?

Essential Qualifications Revision Programmes

Revision programmes are available for undergraduates and graduates who require GCSE equivalency qualifications in Maths, English and Science or who need to refresh their current knowledge in order to pass Key Skills Tests for entry onto Initial Teacher Training programmes.

Find more information on our website.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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