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

This course is validated by: University of Central Lancashire
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
Start Dates: september 2019
september 2019
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 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 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.

Work Placement

During the course you are required to work in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: work placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

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

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.


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 £50.  

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 a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research 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). 

Supplementary Information

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.

Career Options

Further Education Lecturer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over the age of 16. Also known as further education tutors or teachers, they work with some 14 to 16 year-olds studying work-related subjects. If you enjoy spending time with young adults and want a teaching career, this could be perfect for you.

To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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Higher Education Lecturer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Higher education lecturers teach and carry out research in universities and some further education colleges. They teach academic and vocational subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students over the age of 18.

If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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E-learning Developer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

E-learning developers work with others to develop courses that can be studied on a computer network. This can be an internal network, or an external one offering courses to people in different places.

If you can use internet technologies and you would enjoy building learning programmes, this job could suit you.

In this job you would need to use web authoring and development software. You would also need to communicate well, give presentations, and design interesting learning programmes.

Employers usually look for a degree, though some will take you with A levels or a suitable IT apprenticeship and train you on the job.

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Training Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-38 hours per week

Training officers organise training for staff within companies. This can involve delivering training personally, or arranging events through colleagues or external providers such as colleges.

If you are good at communicating and organising and you like to help people develop and learn, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need to get on well with all levels of staff and have the confidence to deliver presentations. You would need to be able to plan your time well.

You could get into this career by starting as an assistant or an apprentice in a training department and working your way up. You could also study for professional qualifications in learning and development before looking for a job.

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Training Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Training managers organise and manage training programmes within an organisation. They make sure staff gain and develop the skills they need to carry out their jobs effectively.

If you've got excellent communication and presentation skills, and you enjoy helping people to learn and develop, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job you would need to be able to relate to all levels of staff to identify training needs. You would need a very organised approach and be able to plan ahead and manage your time well.

Many training managers have previous experience as a training officer and have professional qualifications. There are also degree courses in related subjects like business studies, and professional courses in training and learning, which could help you to get into this job.

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Prison Instructor

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Prison instructors, or instructional officers, help prisoners to gain skills which could help them find employment after their release.

If you've got communication skills and patience, and specialist subject knowledge or experience in a trade, this could be the job for you.

In this job you must be able to build good relationships with prisoners and persuade them of the benefits of education.

To get into this job you will need to have, or be prepared to work towards, a teaching qualification. You will also need at least a level 3 vocational qualification in your specialist area. You will also need Disclosure and Barring Service clearance and have to meet other entry criteria for working in prisons.

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