Level 5 Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (Cert Ed) & Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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About this course

Course Aims

By undertaking this course, you will be joining a Community of Practice underpinned by a strong culture of teaching and learning and critical enquiry. The course is designed to meet the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Professional Standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor.

Course Content

The course consists of classroom-based learning, 1:1 tutorial & mentor support, observations of your
teaching practice and self-directed study.

You will have the opportunity to explore key educational theories and link these to your own practice.
Your tutor will give you individual support with your assignments and feedback on your observed

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What are the entry requirements?

It is an entry requirement that you have a minimum of 150 hours teaching practice over the duration of the course in order to enable you to complete the qualification, this may be part time, full time, paid or voluntary.
Applicants should hold:

  • An appropriate qualification of at least National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 in the subject area in which you are teaching or have the required industry experience.

  • Level 2 English qualification (FS, GCSE or equivalent)

  • Level 2 Maths qualification (or to be working towards achievement of this by the end of the course)

  • Applicants must have access to a minimum of 75 hours of teaching/training practice per year.

  • You will be required to take an initial assessment in Maths and English prior to enrolling on the course. Dependent on the result you may be required to develop your level of Maths and/or English.

RPL: Applicants who hold a Level Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTTLS/CET) may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to university procedures.

Course assessment

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Assessment will be by assignments, teaching evidence, presentations, a research assignment, and observations of teaching performance carried out by your course tutor.

Employer Benefits

Demonstrate 'good' teaching, learning and assessment in education and training.

Communicate underpinning theories, principles and models of education and training.


Level 5 Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (Cert Ed) & Post Graduate Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (PGCE (PCE))

Delivered in partnership with Wolverhampton University.


The course is a pre-requisite for achieving QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). QTLS is the nationally recognised status for post-16 education and training, and further details can be found here: set.et-foundation.co.uk/professionalism/qtls/.

You will also gain HE credits that may enable you to progress onto the BA (Hons) Post Compulsory Education course.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email: international@dudleycol.ac.uk.


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.