Master Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Post-compulsory Education and Training - PCET)

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) is a professional qualification of initial teacher training, endorsed by SVUK, for pre-service and in-service candidates holding degrees who wish to teach in the learning and skills sector. The qualification meets the requirements of the DfES for teachers and trainers working in the sector. The programme covers planning, preparation, assessment and feedback for learning, diversity, widening participation, inclusion and diversity, and supporting learners. It also encompasses wider professional development.

East London is the most ethnically diverse community in the UK and the Diploma in Education takes full account of this diversity. It provides an excellent training-ground in issues of diversity, inclusion and differentiation


A one-year, full-time programme of 36 weeks or a two year part-time programme over 33 weeks per year.
There are six compulsory modules (programme components). Full-time trainees complete all six in one year, part-time trainees should complete three per year.
Trainees on the pre-service route will be provided with a suitable teaching-practice placement and all trainees in the in-service route will have employment as teachers in post-compulsory settings providing a minimum of 150 hours teaching-practice over the two years as required by SVUK

Learning environment
Taught sessions will be held at UEL, Havering College (pre-service route) or our other partner colleges (in-service route), all of which offer modern, well resourced and fully supportive learning environments. Teaching will be through seminars and observations of teaching practice. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor in their subject/vocational area to help develop subject/vocational pedagogy skills. Trainees who require it will be offered further support to meet the Minimum Core of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Trainees will have the opportunity for exchanges with fellow students in order to broaden their teaching experience

Each 20 credit module is assessed through a task or tasks presented for assessment throughout the programme. This includes compilation of a professional development portfolio. In addition trainees are required to pass a minimum of eight Assessed Teaching Practice Sessions (ATPS) All practical and written assignment tasks and the portfolio relate to the learning outcomes for the modules which themselves reflect the assessment criteria required by SVUK and the Minimum Core of Literacy & Communication, Numeracy and ICT.

Relevance to work/profession
Pre-service trainees will receive a range of professional experiences to prepare them for teaching in the learning and skills sector. In-service trainees will already be in employment in the sector.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Modules involve project work such as writing up case studies of learners and researching an area of professional practice with regard to own development


Essential admissions criteria for all trainees are:

* Degree in relevant subject or vocational area (Hons 2.2 or above)
* Competence in English at NQF level 2 (or equivalent)
* Competence in Numeracy and ICT skills at NQF Level 2 or willingness to develop
* Satisfactory references
* Satisfactory performance at interview in oral and written tasks
* Satisfactory CRB check, and, for pre-service applicants, satisfactory Health Check

NB In addition: in-service applicants must be employed in teaching or training in an SVUK-recognised setting, usually a college of further education, adult and community education settings, or work-based training settings. (Applicants from settings external to the partner college must provide evidence of adequate mentoring arrangements and a letter of support from their employer)

AEL - Applicants who already have considerable teaching experience in a SVUK approved environment may present evidence in a claim for Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning. More advice will be given on this process at application.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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