Pre-Service Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

This programme is designed for graduates who would like to work in the lifelong learning sector. The sector includes
further, higher and adult education, community and youth services, the health services, uniformed services (the armed
forces, prison, the police and fire services), and private trainers and large organisations with their own training departments. It also includes provision for teaching 14 to 16-year-olds in some subjects.

Successful candidates may apply for status as Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS). Recent changes to
legislation now enable some holders of QTLS to teach in schools.

This is a full-time course, normally completed in one year. Students will spend two days per week with other trainee
teachers, following a course of academic study on principles of teaching and learning. Up to three days per week will be
spent in a placement within their specialist area, working with a range of students and building skills and confidence as a
teacher.

What will I study?

The programme is run in partnership with the University of Hull leading to a Professional Graduate Certificate in
Education (PGCE) for holders of UK degrees. The modules studied cover all the fundamental skills of teaching, facilitation
of learning and curriculum development:

  • Principles and practice in post compulsory education
  • Practical teaching and learning
  • Exploring subject specialist teaching
  • Advanced professional practice in context

The College will help you to organise a suitable work placement in the local area. You will need to teach for a
minimum of 100 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes written work, posters, presentations and personal development portfolios. You will be regularly
observed teaching and this is an essential element in the assessment process.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The programme includes taught sessions, tutorials, teaching practice experience, visiting speakers and seminars, and a
conference at University of Hull.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Jane Chadwick

Jane has an MA in Professional Development in Education and Training and 35 years’ experience teaching in different settings and at all levels from Entry level to level 7.  Her research interests are embedding English and maths in the curriculum and mentoring.

Entry requirements

  • A degree in a subject you wish to teach
  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

On successful completion of the full course you will be awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.
As a qualified teacher there are opportunities for teaching your subject area in a wide range of settings nationwide.
Credit points for each module may be used in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme to progress to higher level
courses such as our Masters Degree in Education.

Additional information

Alternative routes to qualification are via our part-time Certificate in Education/PGCE or the Level Three Award in
Education and Training.

 

An Award of the University of Hull.