Professional / Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Activate Learning
Course summary
2 years
Part time
Next available date: 16/09/2020 13:00 - Oxford
Open / Scheduled

Course description

Professional / Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Prepare to teach in the post-compulsory sector with our PGCE programme, awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

This is a two year part-time programme for people who teach or want to teach in the post-compulsory sector (further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, the prison service, the armed forces or private training providers).  

It enables students to apply for Professional Formation (following graduation), leading to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status via the Institute for Learning (IfL). QTLS now has parity of esteem with QTS in schools.  

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Please note: tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the government.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

You must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • English: An NQF Level 2 qualification in English or communication, normally grade A*-C or 4 and above GCSE or O-level English language, or otherwise be able to satisfy the university’s requirements with regard to English language proficiency prior to beginning the programme.
  • Maths: Candidates on the in-service programme must demonstrate grade A*-C or 4 and above GCSE maths or equivalent prior to beginning the programme.
  • A university degree or a recognised professional or trade qualification at NQF Level 3 or above for admission to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-compulsory education).
  • Opportunity to undertake a minimum of 50 hours teaching in each year of the programme

Students wishing to take the postgraduate route (Level 7) in year 2 will normally have a degree or equivalent qualification. The decision to take this route is made at the start of the second year in consultation with tutors.

All applicants are required to attend an interview and initial assessment before admission to the programme. Applicants must provide one written reference from someone who is able to comment on their teaching practice.

All applicants will be required to obtain enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance for working with children and young people and as teachers.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS: normally minimum Level 6 in all four elements (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Training Course Content

This programme is an excellent development opportunity for a career in teaching or training in a wide range of post-compulsory institutions.  

Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from what is shown here.

Year 1 (Level 6)

  • introduction to teaching in the lifelong learning sector (incorporates PTLLS outcomes)
  • curriculum and assessment of and for learning
  • theories and principles of planning and enabling learning
  • digital literacy

Year 2 (Level 6/ Level 7)

  • continuing personal and professional development
  • curriculum development for inclusive practice
  • wider professional practice
  • personal development record (PDR)

All modules in Year 2 with the exception of PDR are offered at Level 7.

Successful completion may be at a level 6 earning a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) or a level 7 earning a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.  Anyone who would like to continue has the opportunity to progress.


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Activate Learning

Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group that aims for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning. We work with learners as individuals, helping them make the choice of course and career pathway that’s right for them. Our mission is to provide work-ready talent for business, and...

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Oxpens Road
OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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