Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

The PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training is for graduates who want to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. If you want to teach a wide range of learners aged 16+, in colleges, training organisations, prisons, voluntary and adult community organisations, this is the course for you.

Students on the PGCE course come from many different backgrounds – you could be a new graduate, trainer or looking for a career change. You will be welcomed into a collaborative environment where we work with you to develop your professional teaching skills.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

The PGCE course is 120 credits and consists of three modules at Level 6 (60 Credits) and three modules at Level 7 (60 credits).

The course aims to develop key practical skills for teaching at this level with a strong pedagogical underpinning. The structure of the PGCE course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning.

Introduction to Teaching (Level 6 – 20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop student confidence in their developing practice as teachers within the post-compulsory sector. It lays the foundations for subsequent work by providing a broad introduction to the factors that bring about successful learning. Students will engage in peer teaching early on in the module to gain experience and feedback.

Planning and Assessing Learning (Level 6 – 20 credits)
This module will take forward areas covered in Introduction to Teaching. The main areas of focus are:

  • Learner characteristics and identifying learner’s needs;
  • Planning principles including, resources and learning activities, differentiation, teaching methods, content, and assessment methods; Underpinning theory relating to curriculum models and curriculum design and assessment principles and strategies in practice;
  • The impact of external influences e.g. government policies on curriculum;
  • Assessment approaches including effective assessment feedback and strategies for review and evaluation.

Independent Study (Level 6/7 – 20 credits)
This module aims to encourage learners to undertake research into an area of interest within the PcET sector. Topics will be discussed and approved with a designated supervisor. The focus is on becoming an effective independent researcher with the ability to devise strategies, construct timescales and present relevant data in a professional manner.

Professional Practice (Level 7 – 40 credits)
Professional practice is at the heart of the course. The module incorporates a substantial element of practical experience through teaching practice within the post-compulsory sector which is ongoing throughout the academic year. Formal observations are conducted throughout the year and written self evaluations will include substantial evidence of critical analysis.

Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment (Level 7 – 20 credits, optional module)
The module will critically evaluate theories, principles, models and strategies in relation to innovative teaching and learning strategies. Emphasis will be placed on the critical examination of a range of teaching and learning methods, styles and approaches to the process of learning. The module will emphasise collaborative approaches to the development of teaching and learning strategies and the achievement of collective goals. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with a range of teaching and learning strategies that promote inclusive and experiential learning. There will be a strong emphasis on the role of technology enhanced learning


The full-time course is delivered over one academic year. Teaching is front loaded at the start of the course to ensure that students are properly prepared before going out on placement. Students will be required to attend University on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This acknowledges that students will be increasingly involved in their teaching placements as the academic year progresses.

For part-time students, lectures will be held once a week. In the first year lectures are held on a Wednesday 9:30am-3:30pm and in the second year they are held on a Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm.

During timetabled study, students will engage in lectures, workshops and computer based sessions. Students are also allocated a tutor for regular tutorial sessions to discuss issues that run across the course.

The course is 100% coursework and students must pass the practical and theoretical aspects of the course.


Assessments include reports, group tasks, small scale research projects and practical teaching observation. There are no formal written exams. Your professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations, and a professional development portfolio.


At the heart of the teaching course is the placement. All students must complete 100 hours of teaching practice, 30 hours of departmental duties and 20 hours of observation. We offer a supported placement in an appropriate PcET environment including FE colleges, training organisations and adult education environments. All students are provided with a mentor at their placement and are also observed by a member of the University team. Students are observed six times during their placement.


The University campus, based on Newport’s riverfront, provides an exciting opportunity to experience Higher Education with its extensive range of resources, modern facilities, library and student support.

  • A 2:1 degree or above is desirable, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject area. If you are offering a vocational subject you are normally expected also to demonstrate that you have some relevant vocational experience
  • Mathematics and English language GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable
  • Enhanced DBS check required as appropriate
  • If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)
  • Part-time applicants will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching, and 20 hours of observation of an experienced tutor in the first year and in second year will be required to confirm 50 hours (minimum) of teaching and 30 hours of departmental duties.
  • An interview is required for this course



Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

If you are interested in studying this course full-time, you should apply via UCAS Teacher Training. If you are interested in studying part-time, apply directly to the University.

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Admissions statement 

The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning, the work of many voluntary organisations and community development.

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