Taught course

Post Compulsory Education and Training

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · SWW Centre of Teacher Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must be qualified in their specialist area with a degree or Higher National Diploma, Advanced City and Guilds Certificate or appropriate level three qualifications. We welcome new graduates, career changers, applicants with industry or uniformed services experience. The PGCE PCET course provides a Master's level accredited teaching qualification for those who wish to gain employment in this sector.

Months of entry


Course content

Our full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education which is designed to prepare individuals from a broad range of disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. The PGCE and PCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are designed for individuals that are teaching/training or that want to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community or vocational education or training in industry, commerce or other professional contexts.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post-compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that we will use to encourage participatory learning and reflective analysis throughout the programme. The overall aim will be to create a context for learning that acknowledges the special characteristics of adult learners.

These courses are particularly relevant to graduates of subjects, not widely taught on PGCE secondary courses, such as law, media, veterinary nursing, art history, nursing, childcare, drama or accountancy, the PGCE PCET can give you the qualification you need to you teach your subject specialism. In addition our part-time study option allows you to fit your studies around existing commitments.

Year 1/Part 1 Modules

  • Preparing to Teach
  • Promoting Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Supervised Teaching Experience 1

Year 2 / Part 2 Modules

  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Professional Role in the Context of PCET
  • Supervised Teaching Experience 2
  • Plus one option module
  • Some of the above modules are offered at Masters Level.

In addition to the above modules, each course member must successfully complete 150 hours of teaching practice over 2 years.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Caroline Usei