In-Service Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE L7), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE L6) & Certificate in Education (Cert ED L5) (Lifelong Learning)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and the Certificate in Education are awards of the University of Huddersfield.

2 Years
1 evening per week
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: PGCE (L6 & L7): Degree in the subject that you wish to teach; Cert ED: Full Level 3 or 4 qualification in the subject area you wish to teach

Course Info

This course is for teachers and trainers who are working with young people or adults in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training sector.

It is a part-time, in-service course, designed for those who are already employed in this area. The course is taught at Calderdale College.

Teachers of vocational courses to 14-19 year olds in schools may also be eligible, as are those with an established training function in a business/commercial organisation. Voluntary teaching/training hours may be acceptable. Our trainees develop a deep interest in the academic and pastoral well-being of their students.

You are expected to have a good understanding of your chosen subject: a degree if you are applying for the Professional Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or a subject specialist qualification at a minimum of Level 3 for the Certificate in Education.

The course does not give the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). However, you can gain QTLS if you are appropriately employed in the sector, through a process of professional formation which is separate from the course and administered by the Society for Education and Training (SET).

The course encourages you to be reflective and critical in relation to your teaching. It combines a focus on practical strategies around topics such as classroom management and assessment with knowledge of the underpinning theory involved.

One of the distinctive features of the course is that the teaching and learning strategies used by the tutors are part of the content of the course as well as its delivery. Discussion of what methods tutors use and how well they work is designed to encourage you to make reflective judgments about what will work with your learners.

You will encounter a wide range of teaching and learning activities as you work through the course.

You will work in small groups and on your own, attend lectures and seminars as well as presenting your own work. Work-based learning will be an important feature of your studies, not just in relation to practical teaching but also to develop your wider professional role.

A similar variety of assessment strategies will also be encountered, ranging from essays and projects to teaching observations and peer assessment.


Attendance will be 4 hours per week for 31 weeks per year, with additional tutorials.

You’re required to attend a Subject Specialist Conference at the University of Huddersfield in April of your 2nd year.

Course leader:
Jan Holden MA, MBPsS,
Centre Manager (University of Huddersfield) Teacher Education
Course Leader for PGCE/CertEd Year 1 and pre-service

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants for the Certificate in Education must possess, or expect to possess before the start of their qualification, a National Vocational Qualification at Level 3 or 4 (or an equivalent qualification), in the subject area forming their main teaching base.

Applicants for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education must possess or expect to possess before the start of their programme, a UK first degree (not a Foundation Degree), or a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

In most cases, you will be required to show that you have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check carried out by your employer. If you aren’t in paid employment, it is the responsibility of the placement provider to ensure that you have been suitably checked. As part of the application process, you will need to confirm that a DBS check has been carried out.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate should hold, or expect to hold before the start of the programme, a degree from a British University, or an award regarded as an equivalent by the University of Huddersfield.

You will need to show that you have the potential for postgraduate level of study in the field of education. You will need to identify a mentor in your workplace who is a specialist in your subject area. You will also need to have access to 100 teaching hours over the duration of the course (50 per year).

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