Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Higher Education

Subject Area


Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

2 years




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

This course is for people who do not have a degree qualification and are currently teaching in the post compulsory sector. This is a valuable opportunity to gain a recognised University qualification as you improve your teaching skills and develop your understanding of learners and learning.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You should hold a qualification at Level 3 (NQF) in your specialist subject.

Must have both English and mathematics GCSE or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy (you will need to produce certificates on enrolment).

Have a minimum of 50 teaching hours in your 1st year and a minimum of 50 teaching hours in your 2nd year.

Be working in a full teaching role as specified in the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers by the Education and Training Foundation

Be teaching a range of group sizes including small group work and large group work.

All students must successfully complete DBS clearance.

NOTE: Although this is a two-year course, those of you who hold a level 4 Certificate in Education as well as appropriate English and Mathematics qualifications could qualify for DIRECT ENTRY into Year 2 after completing a study task; this would be discussed further at interview.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will learn the practical skills and theoretical underpinning knowledge of teaching and learning within the following modules of study:

Year One

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development

Year Two

  • Contextualising Policy & Curriculum
  • Enhancing Learning through Innovation & Change
  • Advancing Practical Teaching and Professional Development

View the full University of Sunderland Programme by clicking here.

How you will learn

You will develop skills in teaching, planning and assessment and your understanding of learning theories through group work, assignments, presentations, reports and essays. Development in your teaching practice will be assessed through 8 observations across Year 1 and Year 2.

Where could this course take you?

This qualification enables you to teach in the post-compulsory sector. After this course you can go through professional formation and achieve Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS) through the Education and Training Foundation. You can also progress to a BA Honours degree in Education and Training at the University of Sunderland.

What costs will you incur?

2019 Tuition Fees: £2,750 per 60 credits (per year)

DBS Clearance £44

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.