PGCE (Education & Training) / CertEd (Education & Training)

This course is validated by: University of Central Lancashire
Award: PGCE in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
Code: EH4001A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Approved by: University of Central Lancashire
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 1 academic year
Part time: 2 academic years
Term Dates: View term dates

This University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) approved PGCE/Certificate in Education (Education & Training) is a pre-service teacher training course leading to a professional qualification that will allow you to teach in Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings. You can study this course full-time for one year, or part-time over two years. 

This is one course with two qualification outcomes: the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training) is awarded if you are entering the course with at least an Honours degree, the Certification in Education (Education and Training) is awarded if you are entering with another form of qualification such as a Level 3 Vocational qualification. The latter may be the case if you wish to teach in a vocational area such as Catering or Hair and Beauty, for example.

The course is approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and has run for a number of years. The course mixes theory with teaching practice and satisfactory achievement of all modules is required. If you are offered a place on this course we will have agreed a teaching practice placement for you before we confirm this offer. This can depend on your subject specialism and the availability of a suitable and supportive placement for the duration of your studies.

If you study the course full-time, you will be in College for 2 full days a week and will also undertake 3 days a week of work placements.

If you choose to study the course part-time you will study over two years. 

If you are interested in teaching Science, Engineering or Technology you should look at our SET for Teaching Success Programme. This is an innovative programme that allows you to gain funding for your PGCE (Education & Training) as well as additional benefits.

What will I study?

The programme is delivered through a variety of methods, which encourage those on the course to link theory and practice. Learners are encouraged to become reflective practitioners and you will be required to keep a journal which records your own development. You will explore educational theories, learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate and consider teaching & learning for a range of groups and individuals.

If you study the programme full-time a minimum of 150 hours of teaching practice is integral to the programme. Your placement will be over 3 days per week and through this you demonstrate how your own understanding of the principles of teaching and learning is developing.

If you study the programme part-time you will need to undertake a minumum of 75 hours of teaching practice per year of the course - ensuring the miniumum of 150 hours is achieved over the course of both years. 

This course, as such, requires a teaching commitment and teaching placement throughout the course of the year. During the programme you will also undertake observations of experienced teachers and evaluate their lessons – highlighting areas for improvement as well as best practice examples. Throughout the programme you will be assigned a mentor who will be there to guide you, offering their experience and support to enable you to achieve the qualification.

Modules include: This a 6 module University award and each module carries 20 credits.

  • Preparation for Education and Training
  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Action Research Deconstructing Practice (PGCE only)
  • Practitioner Research: an Action Research Approach (Cert Ed only)
  • Contemporary Issues in Education and Training

Please note all modules run parallel to teaching practice and the teaching practice is undertaken in addition to the taught modules.

If you are interested in teaching Science, Engineering or Technology you should consider our SET for Teaching Success Programme. This is an innovative programme that allows you to gain funding for your PGCE (Education & Training) as well as additional benefits.

Download the PGCE (Education and Training) Programme Specification for further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Download the CertEd (Education and Training) Programme Specification for further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You will need either a degree in your specialist area (if you wish to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training) or a Level 3 qualification in the vocational area that you wish to go on to teach in (if you wish to exit with a Certificate in Education).

All applicants will need to have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A-C) including at least a grade C in English Language and at least a Level 2 (GCSE equivalent qualification) in maths. You are expected to have good levels of spoken English ability. You will be expected to have a keen interest in teaching and learning. 

In order to undertake this qualification you will need to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. These cost around £40.  

Once you have applied for the course you may be invited to an interview. The interview will be assessed and will require you to produce a short task of about 500 words. You will also need to conduct a 5 minute presentation in which we will assess your skills in presenting and organisation as well as ICT Skills and confidence levels. Full details of the interview will be sent to you once we have received your application. 

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by Essays, Presentations including Group Presentations, Portfolio Building as well as Self Assessment and Peer Assessment methods. You will also undertake assessments of your teaching practice during your placements. The assessments are designed to showcase the opportunities within the sector and help prepare you for teaching roles.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example,  individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an assessment they may choose to work through this in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

If you enter the programme with an Honours degree you will leave with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Those entering with a Level 3 vocational qualification will leave with a Certificate in Education. In either case you will be ready to embark upon your teaching career. Some students receive offers to work at the institution where they have conducted their teaching placements, following an application process. 

If you have gained the PGCE (Education and Training) you may wish to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDip) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). 

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"All those involved in the development and delivery of this programme should be commended for the high quality and consistency of the provision across such a geographically diverse programme delivered in a wide range of institutions."

External Examiners Report 2014/15