Taught course

Education (PGCE)

University of Suffolk · University of Suffolk

Entry requirements

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

  • Applicants will require an honours degree or equivalent qualification.

Certificate in Education

Applicants will require a Level 3 subject qualification, for example:

  • Higher National Certificate or Diploma
  • Full City and Guilds Technological Certificate
  • Royal Society of Arts Advanced Award
  • G/NVQ III/IV Award
  • Other qualifications of equivalent standards to those listed above.

Months of entry


Course content

The Certificate in Education and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, sixth form colleges, schools, adult education, prison education, higher education, and a wide range of other education and training settings.

The courses are available to graduates and to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications and can be studied pre-service (1 year full-time) or in-service (2 years part-time).

The pre-service course, one year full time, is offered at University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College and University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and will benefit those who wish to obtain a teaching qualification before seeking employment. Attendance on the pre service course is required two days a week in college plus further days allocated for placement. Please note, placements for applicants in the pre-service route will be arranged by the university and any offer of a place will be conditional upon successful completion of an interview at the placement site.

The in-service course, two year part-time, is offered at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College and will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment. Attendance on the in-service course is one morning (Suffolk New College) or one afternoon/evening (West Suffolk College) per week.

The course is designed to develop a range of skills and knowledge required of a professional teacher in a post 16 environment. The course places a significant emphasis on participants developing the appropriate skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the learner. The fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging participants to effectively link theory to practice. Successful completion of the course is determined by continuous assessment.

The course is designed to encourage students to engage in activities which are directly related to their own teaching context. Students are assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each individual module. It is a requirement that all students pass the practical teaching elements of the course. Participants will be observed teaching in their normal teaching context and formally assessed a number of times throughout the programme.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1473 338833