University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Post-Compulsory Education and Training

The PGCE PCET is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post compulsory education and training sector. It is for graduates whose degree subjects are not widely taught in secondary schools, such as law, nursing, pscyhology and dance. The course equips you to educate and influence adults, sharing your knowledge and helping others fulfil their potential. We will help arrange a 100-hour teaching practice placement in the learning and skills sector. This is a valuable opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector, under the guidance of a mentor in your subject specialist area.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have obtained relevant subject qualifications, it is an entry requirement that all students must have evidence of achievement of English and Maths GCSE grade C or above or NQF LV2 in literacy and numeracy. Entrants to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education are expected to have a degree in their specialist subject. Those students enrolling on the Certificate in Education are expected to have at least NQF Level 3 qualification in their specialist subject achieving at least a 2.2 classification. If applicants do not possess standard entry qualifications, they may apply for exceptional entry, on the grounds of prior learning and experience. All successful applicants will be interviewed, participate in a group activity and complete a short in-house literacy assessment. Additional requirements include DBS Enhanced Disclosure and completion of a medical pro forma.

Course modules

Modules include: Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (20 credits); developing theories of teaching, learning and assessment in PCET (20 credits); contextualising policy and curriculum in post-compulsory education and training (20 credits); enhancing subject specialist learning through innovation and change in post-compulsory education and training (20 credits). Practice-based modules: practical teaching and professional development (total of 40 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and observed teaching practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sunderland SR1 3SD North East

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Faculty of Education and Society Recruitment Team
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0191 515 3845