York College Lifelong Learning PGCE (pre-service) (X34X)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is ideal if you are wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes sixth form, further, higher and adult education such as hospitals and the prison service, as well as community and youth services, uniformed services such as the military, private training providers and large organisations with their own training departments.

During the course you will undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critical examination of creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Both full and part-time students will learn all the fundamental skills of teaching, facilitation of learning and curriculum development. You will be able to take part in tutorials, gain masses of real teaching experience, hear from visiting speakers and attend conferences.

Course Themes

  • Research informed teaching, learning and assessment
  • Becoming and being a teacher in your specialist subject
  • Personal and professional development
  • Reflective Practice
  • Cognitive theory
  • Behavioural management
  • Lesson planning and delivery
  • Observations
  • Curriculum development
  • Policy and professional issues

You will attend a specialist conference at the University of Huddersfield where you will meet with teachers in the same specialist subject from a variety of different institutions to share best practice and experiences.

Teaching placements

We aim to get all full-time students into a York College placement, depending on subject and availability. You will need to complete 100 hours’ teaching experience to complete the qualification.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Cert Ed applicants (Level 5): You should have a qualification and credit framework (QCF) Level 3 or above in the area that you teach.

Professional (Level 6) and Postgraduate (Level 7) Certificate in Education applicants: You should hold a UK degree or equivalent. You should also hold a qualification at QCF Level 3 or above in the subject area you teach in if this is different from that of your degree.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,200.

Contact this training provider

01904 770100
Sim Balk Lane
YO23 2BB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

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