Nottingham Trent University

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology)

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Science, Engineering and Technology)

The Post-Compulsory Education and Training with SET is a ‘closed course’ with entrants limited to those whose applications are supported by their employment in FE colleges/centres in the PCET with SET Hub. The course leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Applicants will need to have been appointed into a teaching role or ready to start teaching 2019/20.

The awards meet the national professional standards, set out by the Education and Training Award.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum 2.2 in SET related subject. Third Class graduates require additional A-level qualifications in a SET related subject at grade B or equivalent; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed

  • A-level in a SET related subject at grade C or equivalent; or
  • substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.

Other requirements:

  • an interview (may include a microteach of the chosen subject area); and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health check; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.
  • Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.

Course modules

This degree is offered at three award levels. You apply for either the PGCE or CertEd depending on your qualifications and will be assessed for the ProfGCE whilst on the course:

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education 

  • You will join this level if you have a good honours degree. You will also be able to study for 60 Masters-level credits, giving you a head-start on gaining a postgraduate qualification. You may join this level from the CertEd.

ProfGCE - Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

  • You may join this level from the CertEd.

Cert Ed - Certificate in Education

  • If you have the equivalent to A-levels or have significant experience in your intended subject specialism, you will join the Cert Ed.

The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.

All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.

Assessment methods

This course has been designed to specifically enable you to develop your academic and teaching skills in a structured and coherent way. The teaching placement underpins the whole course and is linked to all assessments; practical teaching is linked specifically to assessments one, two, and three.

The assessments are linear to enable you to build on and develop your knowledge and experience, with later assessments consolidating and extending earlier learning and skills, particularly in relation to professional practice. This development is both focused and aspirational, taking you from being a ‘Beginning Teacher’ at the start (assessment one), through being a ‘Developing and Professional Teacher’ (assessment two) to becoming an ‘Independent and Innovative Teacher’ with a clear subject-specific focus (assessment three).

Sponsorship information

Tuition fees for 2019 entry are £9,250 which were covered by funding from the Education and Training Foundation.
Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) Months

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