Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)/ Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE)

Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)/ Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE)

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Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)/ Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE)

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE) | Professional Certificate in Education and Training (PCE)

Aimed at those wishing to teach or train in the post-16 sector in further education, higher education, work-based learning, industry training, or other vocational settings.

SKU: 1313F7332
ID: 25144

Fees are per academic year, subject to change

Is this course right for me?

The programme emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory in learning the necessary knowledge and skills to make a real difference as a teaching professional.

Please Note:

  • The Professional Certificate in Education and Training (PCE) requires an appropriate period of professional experience to have been completed prior to entry and a minimum of a Level 3 qualification.
  • The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (PGCE) requires an undergraduate degree.

This two year course (30 weeks per academic year) normally runs one day per week between 1pm and 7pm, starting in September.

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The college is an associated body of the University of Wales and designated as a University of Wales Technical Institute (UWTI). It works in partnership with Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion, Cardiff & Vale College and NPTC Group of Colleges to develop higher technical education and employer-led training and innovation. Working within a confederal structure, the network of Technical Institutes is informed by the needs of employers and aims to promote equality of opportunity and encourage participation in tertiary education.

Learners participating in courses provided by the college as a University of Wales Technical Institute receive an award validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

  • Level 3 qualification is normally required, but not essential depending on ability and experience
  • Life skills, experience and maturity are important
  • Direct admission for applicants who have been out of full-time education for more than two years will be considered based on previous learning or experience
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry may be subject to interview

After developing core skills, the course will move onto more detailed consideration of aspects of curriculum development, quality assurance measures and examining contemporary issues within post-compulsory education.

Modules to be studied will include:

  • Teaching Toolkit (Year 1 and Year 2) – explore some of the key teaching skills such as lesson planning, setting learning objectives and monitoring student success within the classroom.
  • Additional Learning Needs & Inclusive Practice (Year 1) – develop awareness of how to support learners with additional needs within post-compulsory education.
  • Managing Behaviour and Supporting Learner Engagement (Year 1) – explore strategies for positive behaviour management and intervention strategies relevant for post-16 learners.
  • Digital Innovation and Professional Practice (Year 1) – explore some of the ways in which digital learning tools can be used to enhance and support the learning experience and your own teaching practice.
  • Action Research Project (Year 2) – investigate and explore an issue of professional interest and present findings in an appropriate context.
  • Professional Development and the PCET Practitioner (Year 2) – considers the role of professional development including how to develop a professional profile for future employability and career progression.

Teaching practice requirements

In Year 1 a minimum of 30 teaching practice hours must be recorded and a further minimum 70 hours in Year 2. Whilst the college can try to liaise with curriculum managers on your behalf to obtain post 16 hours, the learner should also consider external opportunities as well.

All applicants are invited to interview to ensure post 16 PGCE/PCET is the right qualification for them.

Applicants may also wish to consider the Level 3 Award in Education and Training –  a short course providing a toolbox for those interested in post 16 teaching and training.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

Graduates from the programme are highly employable in a range of teaching and training sectors across a varied range of professions.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Enhanced DBS - If you will be doing work experience in your usual place of work, or currently have an Enhanced DBS this will meet the requirement. Otherwise there will be a fee of £44, payable before you start the course.
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Find out about funding available for Higher Education students on our student finance page.

You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you are employed and following, or intend to follow, a higher apprenticeship programme with Pembrokeshire College.

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Last updated: 16/07/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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