Education (PCET) In-Service (PCET) Part-time

Our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (level 6) provides an introduction to the psychological, sociological and planning aspects of teaching for those involved in training or education, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

Our well-established part-time programmes are specifically designed to accommodate the training requirements for occupational settings. These include industry, commerce and other professions as well as higher, further, community and nurse education.

This course is concerned with teaching and learning in post-compulsory contexts of education and training. 

It has been specifically designed for those engaged in teaching/training activities in post-compulsory contexts. It has been designed to accommodate the learning and development requirements of teachers, lecturers, vocational trainers in industry, commerce or other professions such as higher, further, adult, community and nurse education, school sixth forms and for those delivering the 14-19 curriculum within a school or other setting.  The PGCE programme addresses a range of teaching subjects and vocational areas and is suitable for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory or the lifelong learning sector.

This course marks the beginning of a period of professional development which aims to enhance your role. The aim of the course is to prepare you as an autonomous professional, who views learning as a co-operative enterprise and recognises the need for continuing professional development.

Distinctive features

The programme leads to a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 6.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration2 years
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

Candidates must be actively involved in training or education as a work role or in a voluntary capacity.

PGCE Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6) applicants should possess a professional qualification together with professional experience.

In line with Cardiff University’s English Language Policy all UK applicants are required to hold GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 5.5, or the equivalent prior to commencement of the course.

Please note: it is desirable that all applicants should have Maths at GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent access qualifications at Level 2 on entry to the programmes.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Part-time – two academic years consisting of four semesters. 

As a part-time student you should have access to and be able to arrange 120 teaching hours over a period of two years.

Attendance at University will normally be required on Wednesdays 3-8pm during term time, with the occasional reading week per semester.

Year one

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be exposed to a diverse range of teaching and learning approaches in order to maximise your learning potential and engage you in the learning experience. Lectures, seminars, workshops, practical application of the theory and practical ‘micro teach’ sessions, debates, simulation and role play are some of the approaches to learning deployed on the programme of study.

You will also be required to undertake independent study, self-directed learning and engage in research and enquiry in order to develop research literacy and capacity and promote evidence informed practice. Reflection forms a key part of initial teacher training.

You will be required to complete a range of tasks for presentation in classes. These will not contribute to the overall grade for the module, but will allow you to assess your progress and strengthen aspects of your work in preparation for future developments and the summative assessments.

How will I be supported?

During the course you will be supervised and guided by a Personal Tutor and a Visiting Tutor.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the programme of study. You will also be assigned a Visiting Tutor who will visit you at your workplace to provide support, help and guidance, as well as assess your classroom practice. 


Feedback for the summative assignments is provided in written form using either Grademark or the Teaching Observation Form. An opportunity for further feedback in verbal form will also be available. The programme affords numerous opportunities for students to be assessed in a formative capacity and receive feedback from peers and tutors both verbally and in writing.

You will be required to engage in a variety of activities in preparation for the summative assessments and  include constructing schemes of work, session plans and rationales, engaging in group activities promoting a variety of approaches to learning, delivering micro-teach sessions to practice their teaching skills, consolidating, making sense of and presenting theoretical perspectives and policy imperatives during ‘peer review’. 

You will be encouraged to engage in reflection and become a reflective practitioner by reflecting on and evaluating own practice, apply theory to practice and develop stimulating learning experiences for their learners.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy and ethos on the PGCE programmes of study is one of professional support and training. There is a strong emphasis on formative assessment. Formative assessment will be provided primarily throughout small group seminar activities and individual tasks. 

The summative aspect of the course comprises of six modules which have module aims and outcomes reflecting the overarching PGCE programme aims.

What skills will I practise and develop?

 The course will enable you to:

  • Develop and consolidate professional competence, confidence and knowledge.
  • Describe and evaluate the roles of teachers and others within the framework of post-compulsory education and training.
  • Describe and evaluate the factors that influence learning.
  • Establish, develop and evaluate suitable and effective teaching skills, styles and methods.
  • Determine and develop effective practices in the preparation and evaluation of teaching materials.
  • Plan, prepare, implement and evaluate schemes of work and sessions plans.
  • Apply educational principles by sharing and examining problems in general and in specialist subject areas.
  • Engage in research/enquiry.
  • Be familiar with and be able to use a variety of assessment tools.
  • Recognise the contribution the student can make to the development of learners’ essential skills.
  • Recognise and assess the impact of changes in PCET.
  • Evaluate own work and attitudes in conjunction with professional colleagues.
  • Be self-critical, reflective and able to review own goals.

The programme has been designed to provide graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills relevant for employment in this crucially important sector of education.

It offers a balanced combination of theory and practice which aims to prepare individuals as autonomous professionals who understand the various complex factors that can promote or inhibit learning, and who also view learning as a co-operative enterprise.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 No specific equipment is required.