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Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) (PGCE) (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
06 September 2021

Program description

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) (PGCE) (Taught)

The Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) full-time program lasts one academic year and runs over two semesters – autumn and spring. The Program starts September and ends in June.

The program is organised into three distinct operational parts.

  • Part one: University based learning interspersed with workplace orientation - induction and initial teacher training in preparation for teaching practice.
  • Part two: College placement classroom based teaching practice.
  • Part three: Presentation and debrief of professional practice and your learning

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Suitable for graduates who are keen to teach and train in the post-16, further education and related training and education sectors.

Applicants should possess at least a 2:2 degree in a subject they wish to teach and grade C GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent). Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

In line with Cardiff University’s English Language Policy all applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no sub score below 5.5 (or equivalent) prior to commencement of the course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £17,450

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Confidence in exploring the ways in which policy imperatives, awarding body requirements, inspection and quality regimes, institutional and individual factors shape provision and practice.
  • The ability to examine the complexities of the psychological and sociological foundations of teaching and learning and apply to professional practice.
  • Confidence in critically analysing the impact of traditional ideologies on the development of teaching/training practice.
  • Critical awareness of teaching and learning methodologies, strategies and approaches.
  • Conceptual understanding of the principles and processes involved in evaluation of learning.
  • The ability to critically review a range of teaching/learning strategies in diverse occupational settings.
  • The skills to systematically examine the need for planning and demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the techniques involved.
  • Criticality in analysing political drivers affecting classroom practice and the quality of provision.
  • Confidence in evaluating the effects of policy imperatives on teaching and learning.

Intellectual skills

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to interrogate the literature surrounding teaching and learning and establish the theory-practice connection.
  • Conceptual understanding of the principles and processes involved in assessment of and for learning.
  • A thorough understanding of the sociological and psychological principles that impact on teaching and learning.
  • A critical awareness of the various factors that can impact upon student participation and achievement in post compulsory education and training.
  • The skills, science, art and craft of teaching in an authentic post-compulsory education/training context.

Professional practical skills

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The professional skills, set of competencies, knowledge and understanding needed for successful teaching and training in the post compulsory education and training sector.
  • A systematic understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of education and training and the need for teachers and trainers to integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the core principles and policies underpinning and informing contemporary post compulsory education and training.
  • The confidence to evaluate teaching practices and reflect productively upon own teaching and assessment strategies.
  • Knowledge and evidence based methods in the assessment of solutions to challenges in the classroom and other institutional contexts.
  • Originality in planning and creating effective lessons and learning experiences for students.
  • The ability to collect and analyse both quantitative and qualitative evaluation data on teaching in a variety of ways and identify means to gather new data where needed that informs professional practice.
  • Recognition of the need for continuing professional development.

Transferable/key skills

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills, gained through collaboration with peers and placement colleagues and by preparing and making presentations
  • Problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Digital literacy skills.
  • The ability to recognise and assess the impact of changes in the learning environment.
  • Criticality and reflective practice
  • Strong communication skills, honed by preparing and making presentations and through teaching practice at placement.
  • The ability to identify the contribution the individual can make to the development of learners’ core and key skills.
  • The skills to evaluate your own work in conjunction with professional expectations.

Career opportunities

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) program is specifically designed for those wanting to teach in post-compulsory contexts such as higher, further, adult and community education, prison education, training and development, and vocational education and training.

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