Taught course

PGCE/Certifcate in Education

University of Suffolk · University of Suffolk

Entry requirements

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Applicants will normally possess a first degree or equivalent qualification. Certificate in Education Applicants will normally possess one of the following qualifications: 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. All applicants must have GCSE Maths and English qualifications at grades A-C or equivalent level. Entrance to the programme also subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) and an appropriate teaching placement and subject specific mentor.

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, adult education, prison education, higher education, and a wide range of other training and educational settings.

The courses are available to graduates and to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications. The courses 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 Suffolk New College, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds campus 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 (including evening attendance). The in-service course two year part-time, is delivered via the UCS team at sites in Bury, Chelmsford, Suffolk New College Ipswich and Norwich and will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment. Attendance on the in-service course is one morning or afternoon per week.

The course is designed to develop a range of skills and knowledge required of a professional teacher in a post-compulsory 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 achieve the aims through engaging 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 the normal teaching context and formally assessed a number of times throughout the programme.

Modules studied

This programme has been developed to match the LLUK standards and meet the DfES requirements for new teachers in this sector.

The programme consists of six modules:

Preparing and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Assessment and Guidance
Professional Practice 1
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Researching and Improving Professional Practice
Professional Practice 2

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