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Teacher Training: PGCE/CertEd

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
Full-time or part-time
1 Year full-time or 2 years part-time
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time per year
Entry requirements
For vocational subjects a Level 3 in the subject area you wish to teach and for academic subjects a degree. All applications will be looked at on an individual basis. CertEd – A qualification and credit framework or (QCF) Level 3 or above in the subject you teach. PGCE – a UK Degree or equivalent.
Validated by
The University of Huddersfield

This course is ideal if you are wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes sixth form, further, higher and adult education such as hospitals and the prison service, as well as community and youth services, uniformed services such as the military, private training providers and large organisations with their own training departments.

  • Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Lifelong Learning)

These courses are available on an in-and pre-service basis, depending on whether you already have teaching hours as an employee or volunteer in the sector or whether you intend to work in the sector and gain experience through a teaching practice placement. Full-time and part-time available - 1 year full-time/2 years part-time.

For the full-time PGCE, applicants should apply via UCAS Teacher Training
For the full-time CertEd, applicants should apply via UCAS Undergraduate
For the part-time route you should apply directly to the College [link applications page]

UCAS Code: CertEd: 2W7H/ PGCE: apply via UCAS Training

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Research Informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Becoming and Being a Teacher in Your Specialist Subject
Personal and Professional Development
Reflective Practice
Cognitive Theory
Behavioural Management
Lesson Planning and Delivery
Curriculum Development
Policy and Professional Issues

Additional information

In-Service refers to teachers employed in the sector without a teaching qualification and to teachers in a voluntary capacity. Professional teaching and/or training experience (teaching practice) is provided by their job role. The course is part time over two academic years

Pre-Service refers to applicants without a recognised teaching qualification or employment in the sector who wish to train to teach. Professional teaching and/or training experience (teaching practice) is provided through a teaching practice placement at a placement institution. The course is full time over one academic year.

How will I be assessed

Formative assessment

Throughout the course, formative assessment takes place in a variety of forms and contexts. These include:

  • The initial assessment process
  • Group discussions, literature reviews and case-studies
  • Academic writing exercises
  • Teaching observations
  • Presentations and microteaching sessions by trainees, individually or in groups
  • Regular PDP reviews
  • Drafts of work for summative assessment
Teaching and Observations

Teaching Log

Number of hours
You will need to keep a record of all your teaching in this section to show that you have completed at least 100 hours of teaching by the end of the course.

Most people teach many more than 100 hours throughout the course. You should include the teaching hours for which you have had personal responsibility for the impact on learners (e.g. planning, teaching and learning, learner progress.) These may be drawn from, for example:

  • Formal classroom-based lessons
  • Lectures
  • Seminar
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Skills lessons
  • Enrichment activities

The hours you log should not exclusively be one sort of teaching and could include

  • Whole class
  • Small groups
  • One to one teaching or tutorials
  • Large groups e.g. lectures

Skills you will learn

Students will learn the following skills; organisational skills, time management, classroom management, presentation skills, academic writing, understanding behaviours, flexibility of delivery and interpersonal skills.

The course leads to one of the following awards:

Certificate in Education: Cert Ed (I)

This 120-credit award is the ‘standard’ university level award for teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector who do not have a first or undergraduate degree; following a period of professional post-qualification formation, it can lead to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). It contains 90 credits of study at intermediate level (HE level 2). The Certificate is equivalent to the level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: PGCE (H)

This 120-credit award is the ‘standard’ university level award for graduate teachers in the Lifelong Learning sector; following professional post-qualification formation it may lead to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). It contains 60 credits of study at honours level (HE level 3). It is at a higher academic level than the new level 5 Diploma in Education and Training but contains equivalent practical content.

This award was introduced nationally to clarify the distinction between initial teacher training for graduates, which was normally postgraduate in time but not in level, and postgraduate study in education as an academic discipline (such as an MA in Education). Thus, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is the direct successor to the initial teacher training award commonly known as a ‘PGCE’ and has the same abbreviation. For more information, see the QAA website at

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: PGCE (M)

This 120-credit award is intended for graduate teachers in the lifelong learning sector who wish to undertake a programme at Master’s level, and may also lead (following professional formation) to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Although it has the traditional title commonly associated with the abbreviation ‘PGCE’, it contains 60 credits of study at Masters (M) Level. Entry to this programme is offered at York College and is subject to a selection process.

How to apply to the right pathway?

PGCE full-time: Apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Institution Y70

Cert.Ed full-time:
Apply through UCAS.
UCAS code: 2W7H
Institution: Y70

Apply via the 'Apply' page.

Method of delivery

During the course you will undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critical examination of creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Both full and part-time students will learn all the fundamental skills of teaching, facilitation of learning and curriculum development. You will be able to take part in tutorials, gain masses of real teaching experience, hear from visiting speakers and attend conferences.

Full-time applicants - we aim to get all full-time students into a York College placement, depending on subject and availability. You will need to complete 100 hours’ teaching experience to complete the qualification.

Part-time applicants – ideally prior to applying to the course - you should ensure you have a suitable placement (50 hours per year). You may already be teaching or have a placement arranged, but we give some assistance towards finding a suitable placement where possible.

Additional Costs

No additional costs are expected for this course, although students should have access to an internet enabled laptop or PC.

Your Next Steps

On successful completion of this course it is expected that students will go on various teaching jobs, including Further Education Teacher, Higher Education Lecturer, Prison Instructor, Training Instructor, Education Officer, Private Tutor, Learning Mentor, Education Administrator or Training and Development Officer.

Course leaders and tutors:
Award Leader and Progress Tutor Pre-Service: Karen Robson

MA In Higher Education, PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, SV Standards Verifier for Education and Training Pearson, IQA, Assessor Award. EQA. She has been a Tutor of Education at York College since 2017 delivering on the full time pre service and part time in service courses whilst working as a member of the college leadership time in her role as Head of Higher Education. Prior to that she has worked in further education since 1997 in various teaching roles in FE College and Sixth Form Colleges. Previous roles include Head of Teacher Training and managing departments in FE.

Module Leader and Progress Tutor for In-Service: Genevieve Temple

MA(Ed) Leadership and Management, Open University (2008), PGCE (Post-Compulsory), University of Huddersfield (2005), BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Durham (2001). She has been a Tutor of Education at York College since 2016 delivering on the PGCE/Cert Ed full and part-time courses. Prior to that, she worked in the independent secondary school sector for ten years, teaching History and Sociology across the 11- 18 age range. Other previous experience includes five years of teaching within the Further Education Sector and a role as a part-time Dissertation Advisor and Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.

Module Leader and Progress Tutor for In-Service: Mike Saunders

BA (Hons) Zoology, University College London (1981), MSc Vertebrate Palaeontology, University College London (1983), PGCE (Post-Compulsory), Garnett College (1985). He has been a Tutor of Education at York College since 2008 delivering on the PGCE/Cert Ed full and part-time courses, whilst working as a member of the College Leadership Team. Prior to that, he worked at the College from 2001 to 2008 as a Tutor of Sports Science teaching the HND Sports Science and FD Sports Therapy. From 1985 to 2001, he worked at Chesterfield College, teaching Science across A Level and Vocational provision, Health and Safety and Public Services. He was a Health and Safety representative for UCU for 20 years and is a Member of the Society of Education and Training (MSET), with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

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