University Campus Oldham CERT-ED Pre-Service (SA66)

PGCE full time

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
3 November 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Certificate in Education (lifelong learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (lifelong learning) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (lifelong learning) are structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching. Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. As part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module. This requires attendance at the University of Huddersfield campus. You will be informed of the exact dates during the course. Research Informed Teaching Learning and Assessment This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module). Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher This module is designed to help you learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice. Being a Subject Specialist Teacher This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to the development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. The module achieves these purposes by enhancing the ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice. Policy and Professional Issues This module will develop your understanding of the concept of policy, professionalism and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss theories and relate them to your own context and professional role.

Teaching placements

Much of the course is focused on the experience of practical teaching. You will gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors at UCO and a placement mentor, as a vehicle for your professional development. We help you find a suitable placement (100 hours required).

Interview process

One half hour interview (one-on-one) with senior lecturer, no test required.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,500.

Additional cost per year: DBS £40

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Level 3 Qualification plus Level 2 or GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English. Significant work experience in the area you wish to teach.

Other requirements

Enhanced DBS required (£40 cost to student).

About the training provider

University Campus Oldham opened in May 2005 bringing higher education courses to the people of Oldham. This has allowed thousands of students to access Higher Education close to home. Courses have always been aligned to employers` needs in Oldham and Greater Manchester so our graduates have the best opportunities to start their careers of choice. Since August 2012, University Campus Oldham, has been part of the Oldham College family. Our courses are of the highest quality as they are validated by leading United Kingdom universities who have the highest quality standards, approved by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education).

Like many other college Higher Education campuses, University Campus Oldham does not validate its own degree programmes. The degrees that we offer are validated by Higher Education Institutions that have degree awarding powers – usually a university. This ensures that all our programmes are academically rigorous and meet the stringent requirement laid down by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Your PGCE Pre-service in Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) is validated by University of Huddersfield

Training with disabilities and other needs

At UCO we will make reasonable adjustments to support you to overcome difficulties your disability presents you with. Examples of the support that may be available, but not limited to, are: Extensions on assignment dates Exam concessions Extra time on library book loans Library assistance Additional tutorials with your course tutors Dyslexia assessments Counselling Active monitoring sessions Advice and guidance Health and Wellbeing Assessments 1:1 sessions Learning support plans

Contact details

0161 344 8817
Oldham Business Centre, University Way


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Oldham Business Centre, University Way, Oldham, Lancs, OL1 1BB
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