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Certificate in Education /PGDE

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course provides high-quality initial training for practising and aspiring Teachers and Trainers in the education and training sector. The course will enable you to develop your effectiveness as a Teacher and facilitate your self-development as a Reflective Practitioner with training that is flexible, supportive, challenging and rewarding. The course will also provide you with a specialist strand if you wish to work specifically in English or mathematics.

Duration: 2 years

Contact Time (per week): 1 evening

Validated by: Bishop Grosseteste University

UCAS Course Code: X300

UCS Course Code: CTPGCAP

Certificate in Education vs PGDE: The Level 6 PGDE is only for candidates who already hold a degree. The Level 5 Certificate in Education is for anyone with a lower entry qualification.


What Does The Programme Include

The course is delivered through a variety of methods, which you will be encouraged to critique and form a community of practice. Therefore discussion is a core element of the delivery, together with practical activities and seminar-based learning. You will be encouraged to trial ICT methods in the classroom and experiment with a range of delivery and assessment tools. Developmental observations by tutor and mentor are an essential feature of the course and you will be supported in the development of a professional portfolio throughout your two years of study.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Level, NVQ) in the subject(s) that you intend to teach
  • Access to 100 hours teaching over 2 years with no fewer than 50 hours in one year
  • Appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check • For PGDE, you must hold a UK first degree (or equivalent)
  • Level 2 English and Maths (In special circumstances, and at the discretion of your interviewing tutor, you may be able to study English and maths alongside the course). If you wish to undertake specialist pathways you will need to provide evidence of personal skills in English or maths at QCF Level 3.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through the creation of a portfolio of evidence, such as lesson observations and reflective elements, including a diary and Personal Development Plan. As well as the portfolio, you will complete assignments, for example written, oral and research tasks.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£2,500 per year

Potential Future Career

This qualification carries 120 Higher Education credits which you might later put towards a University degree. For those undertaking the Certificate in Education route, successful completion of this programme will allow you to top-up’ to a full degree with at a university offering an appropriate pathway. Completion of this qualification will enable successful students to apply for the professional status of Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS), with the Society for Education and Training.

Course Content

Year 1
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Education and Training (Core)
  • Responsive Teaching in the Education and Training Sector (Core)
Year 2
  • Professional Engagement in the Education and Training Sector (Core)
  • Teaching a Specialist Subject in Education and Training (if you are undertaking a specialist pathway, this will be in English or maths) (Core)

Work-based Learning

You will be required to secure 100 paid or voluntary hours teaching to enable you to complete this course. The observations by a mentor and a tutor, together with peer observations, over the two year programme relate directly to the professional standards of the course. The modules in the course link directly to teaching practice and provide you with the opportunity to develop your confidence and skills over the two year period. The qualification itself provides you with further opportunities to teach in the Further Education sector.


You will have access to various study facilities including a recently refurbished Library which provides all the study material you may need on your course.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.


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Studying for my degree was the best thing I ever did. I have been appointed as an Outdoor Education Lead for a local school where I will build and implement a forest school education from scratch.

Gemma Devitt



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