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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) & Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) Year 2

Course Level: 

Level 6

Job opportunities after this course: 

This programme leads to a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Certificate in Education (Cert Ed). These are the main recognised qualifications for the Post 16 Sector in the UK. The programme will develop your knowledge and practical skills in designing, delivering and assessing post-compulsory learning programmes.

It is ideal for teachers, lecturers or trainers in the post compulsory education and training sector (PCET). Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills (QTLS) can be achieved after this qualification through the Professional Formation process. Your PG/CE will enhance your employment throughout the post-compulsory sector. Study can be continued and this qualification may count towards further diploma or degree opportunities.

Overview of the course: 

This programme is offered by East Durham College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

EDC working in partnership with the University of Sunderland offer both PGCE and PCET programmes. These are in-service programmes and you should be employed in the post-compulsory education and training sector in FE Colleges, Training Agencies or the Public Sector.

The course is delivered through a combination of approaches, group activities, discussions, peer presentation and research. There are some guest speakers. Self-directed study also forms an important element of the course. Topics covered include the role of a teacher, planning and preparation, analysis of own practice and planning for development and assessment for learning.

For all the current information on this course on the University of Sunderland's website, please follow these links:

Entry requirements: 

Direct entry to year 2 options.

If you have already studied L4 in Teacher Training, you may be eligible for direct entry onto year 2 of our programme.

These are in-service courses and you must be a practising teacher/trainer/lecturer with access to at least 50 hours teaching on a regular planned basis over the year, have minimum level 3 or advanced qualification in your own area of specialism, have a current DBS check and have a subject specialist mentor. You will also need at least grade C/4 in GCSE mathematics and English (or equivalent e.g. level 2 numeracy and literacy).

In addition to the above, you must also apply to the university for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Your previous experience and qualifications will be examined to ensure year 1 of the programme is sufficiently covered. We will help and support you with this process.


Year 2 covers a range of subjects including Advancing Practical Teaching, Enhancing Learning through Innovation and Change and Contextualising Policy linking to the changing face of teaching in the PCET sector and employer and organisational need.

The course is delivered through a combination of approaches, group activities, discussions, peer presentation and research. There are also some guest speakers. Self-directed study also forms an important element of the course.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessment is covered by a range of methods including observation of teaching practice in own learning environment, self and peer assessment, group and individual work, assignment tasks and research.

Further study options after this course: 

This Qualification may count towards further diploma, or degree courses. QTLS may be gained after a Professional Formation process

Length of the course: 

This is the second year of a two year part time programme.

Classroom delivery, individual research and self study, tutorials and observation, group work over the academic year. Three modules to be completed by the end of the second year.

The course is on a Thursday evening from 17:30 to 20:30.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

This course starts in September 2021.


£2750 - set by the University of Sunderland and funded by a Student Loan.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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