Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET, in-service)

The PGCE PCET is for graduates who want to teach their degree subject or any subject for which they have at least a level 3 qualification in. They should also be teaching or actively seeking teaching in the post-compulsory sector of education and training. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

The PCE PCET is for students with a Level 3 qualification (e.g. NVQ3, OCN 3, A Level equivalence) preferably in the subject they are teaching or want to teach. The programme is for students who have experience in their subject areas and who wish to further their experience by teaching in the PCET or lifelong learning and skills sector. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) should have:

  • A qualification at Level 3, or above in the subject they intend to teach

Applicants to the PGCE (PCET) should have:

  • A degree
  • A qualification at Level 3, or above in the subject they intend to teach

Criminal records check
Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Course modules

The PCET programmes have been devised to introduce students to teaching in the post compulsory education and training (PCET) sector including tertiary, further and higher education, adult and community education, vocational and 14-19 education as well as training in the private sector or work-based learning environments.  These two-year part time programmes will engage you in both academic and practical assignments.

The programmes are based upon participative student-centred learning which requires the student to engage with a number of teaching methods including practical and simulated exercises, class based discussions, role play and experiential learning tasks and blended learning approaches to maximise effective learning and offer an inclusive learning experience for all students throughout the programme.

The general aim of these programmes is to produce teachers or trainers who can demonstrate competence across the range of roles and tasks related to the design, delivery, management and evaluation of learning. Students will leave the programme equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that underpin the performance of those tasks expected of the professional educator or trainer in the post-compulsory sector.

The programme aims to provide a high quality and professionally appropriate experience that offers the opportunity for students to develop their abilities to plan and undertake projects related to practice and to link their practice to theory in a critical and evaluative way.  It aims to equip students with the skills to engage with the concept of reflective practice and to select areas of professional relevance for their study.

The Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector is an area of growing importance in a world of rapidly evolving economic and social change.  As individuals face the need to upgrade their skills in order to meet the requirements of the world of work, educators in the Post 16 sector have a key role to play in helping them to achieve their learning goals.

The overall aim is to create 'reflective practitioners'. 

Year 1

  • Level 4 Preparing to Teach
  • Level 5 Planning for Teaching in PCET
  • Level 5 Delivering Learning and Teaching in PCET
  • Level 5 Assessment and Evaluation of Learning in PCET
  • Level 5 Reflective Practice

Year 2   

The following modules are delivered on both programmes - the PCE PCET are delivered at Level 5 and the PGCE PCET at Level 6

  • The Context of PCET
  • Employability and Professional Development in PCET
  • Sustainable Teaching and Learning Strategies in PCET
  • Inclusive Curriculum Planning and Design in PCET
  • Subject Pedagogy and Reflective Practice

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods appropriate to the PGCE and PCE programme levels will be used throughout the programme and may include:

  • Written assessments (WRIT) such as reports, self-reflections, analytical documents, case studies, online blogs, peer assessments, essays;
  • Presentations (PRES) and Microteaching sessions which may be individual and/or group; seminar; (non)-interactive; with audience;
  • Practicals (PRAC) such as individual and/or group; coaching; mentoring;; performance;
  • Portfolio (PORT) that includes a collection of evidence, frequently including a contextual statement; poster; website;
  • Placements (PLAC) such as a fieldwork placement; school placement; experiencing the world of work.

The programme is formally assessed through module assignments and the supervised teaching experience to include 130 hours of direct teaching over the two years. 

Students will undertake four observed teaching hours in Year 1 and four in Year 2.  Each of these will require written preparation and also a self-evaluation report following the observation.​


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Part-time - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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