Bradford College Education and Training (C219)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) without qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is an academic qualification in education.

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training (Level 7) Full-time and Part-time.

This professional course is for those who wish to teach 14-19 year olds and adults in Further and Higher education settings. You will undertake academic modules to provide you with the knowledge and skills required and work alongside a mentor and other colleagues to develop as a highly skilled professional.

This course meets the qualification requirements for QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status and is 120 Credits at Level 7. Those who wish to teach Literacy/ESOL or Numeracy can achieve a specialist pathway.

Once you have passed this qualification you can apply to the Society for education and training (SET) to gain QTLS which is the equivalent of QTS for secondary schools.

Course Structure: The full-time route starts with an intensive month long block of study after which you will normally be expected to attend formal taught sessions on two evenings per week. You will also need to be available for at least three days per week for teaching practice. This course is offered with the following pathways:

With ESOL With Literacy With Numeracy

Modules covered: Teaching, Learning and Assessment Exploring Learning Theories Developing Curriculum Developing professional Practice Subject Specialist Pedagogy* Teacher as Researcher*

If you are taking a specialism in ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy you will study two specialist modules instead of the starred modules.

Teaching placements

Placement will vary according to your chosen specialist subject. You will be placed in Colleges for most of your course but may also be placed in schools for some part of them. Your placement will be arranged for you and we will endeavour to ensure the setting is within commuting distance. You will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced lecturers, and you will also have a mentor who will provide you with advice and support. Placements will be negotiated with the placement employer, but you would normally be expected to be available for up to three days per week for teaching practice, in addition to your academic study time. Offers will only be made if a suitable placement can be found.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Applicants will need an honours degree. In some subject specialisms you will be required to have at least a Level 3 qualification. A GCSE/ Level 2 qualification in English. A GCSE/Level 2 mathematics qualification is desirable but this can be achieved alongside the course. A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

  • A passion to work in a challenging and rewarding career
  • A desire and ability to develop your skills
  • Potential to work as a team member
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills, with the ability to communicate
    clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
  • ICT competence
  • Knowledge of national curriculum subjects
  • Awareness of contemporary education issues

Other requirements

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.

A health check is required before commencing on the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,750.

About the training provider

As Bradford’s leading ITE provider, the School of Teacher Education at University Centre Bradford College offers a wide range of ITE programmes covering Primary, Secondary and Post-secondary (14 – Adult) teacher training, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our PGCE with QTS programmes include Primary (covering 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age routes) and Secondary Education in a range of subjects. We have Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) courses available as pre-service or in-service, full or part-time options, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. We also offer the Assessment Only route to QTS and Secondary Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Our students enjoy a tailored learning experience extremely well supported by a dedicated team of tutors and school/college based mentors. We work in partnership with a wide range of schools across the region, encompassing varying socio-economic backgrounds, to give trainees opportunities to practise their teaching skills and to experience the different conditions faced by school colleagues. We have a very strong tradition of producing effective practitioners grounded in educating children and adults in a multi-ethnic world, with excellent employability rates for our graduates. In our most recent Ofsted inspection (2018) we received a ‘Good’ grade for the quality of our provision.

We have dedicated Higher Education learning and social spaces with good facilities designed to enable trainees to reap the benefits of studying with peers.

Interview process

The overall aim of the selection procedure is to explore your potential to be an excellent teacher.

Interviews ask you to undertake a number of tasks: an interview, a micro-teach and a written task.

  • You will have an individual interview with a tutor, lasting about 30 minutes, to assess your strengths, suitability for the course and for teaching.
  • Your micro-teach will be to a tutor and sometimes a small group of other candidates. You are asked to bring an object and to teach for 4 to 5 minutes, telling us how and why you would use your object to stimulate learning. You should cover how you would use the resource to support learning and teaching, and what learning outcomes you might expect. We want to see how you will actively engage the learner.
  • The written task is a short comprehension task in Standard English to evaluate your ability to communicate in writing.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Students have access to Bradford College Disability Services and Learning Support, which provides support to learners with a range of disabilities and/or learning difficulties at all college sites.

Learning Support is available to all students with a disclosed disability, or learning difficulty, provided they meet the entry requirements of their course, and can access their chosen course with the help of “reasonable adjustments” (subject to resources.)

Students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties meeting the requirements are entitled to:

(i) a Learning Support Agreement outlining the support agreed between the student and the Learning Support Tutor or Advisor at College; (ii) their Learning Support Agreement being followed by teaching and support staff, who may need to make adjustments; (iii) be able to speak in confidence to staff about their support needs. This information will not be passed on to other staff or external bodies without their signed consent, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff; (iv) a risk assessment being undertaken, where attendance on their chosen course may pose a risk to themselves or others; (v) access arrangements in exams, and during entry tests, if appropriate evidence is produced in advanceto enable these arrangements to be provided; (vi) a Learning Support Tutor from the Learning Support Team to oversee and review their support and whom they can contact if difficulties arise. (vii) decline the support offered to them, unless there is a risk to their safety or that of other students and staff;

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Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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