The Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) is a part-time, in-service teacher training programme run through the University of Surrey.
It provides a great opportunity for those new to teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector and those teachers who already have some experience who want to develop their teaching skills and become fully qualified. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop effective practice and gain up to date knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for those wanting to teach in Primary or Secondary Schools (unless you ONLY teach 14+)
|Fee Per Year||£3000|
Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.
If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.
Structure and Attendance
This is a two year, part time course on one afternoon per week for two years.
There are 4 x 15 credit modules in each year
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of written assignments for each module and will be observed in their teaching practice on four occasions in year one and four occasions in year two.
The aims of the programme are:
To provide an initial teaching qualification for those working (in service) within the Further Education and Skills Sector (FE & SS) and a route into becoming a professional practitioner with the opportunity to progress on to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
The programme follows a work based model and as a consequence links theory and practice in each module and develops each trainee teacher’s ability to improve and develop their knowledge, critical understanding of well-established principles and the way those principles have developed, along with the skills of current pedagogical approaches in their own area of specialism.
In addition, trainee teachers are required to critically reflect on their own personal and professional values, skills and knowledge in line with the Department for Education Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Education and the Professional Standards devised by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.
Once you have completed your PGCE, you can apply for a Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills status. QTLS is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners.
As this is an in-service teacher training programme, you will need to already be teaching in an appropriate educational establishment for a minimum of 50 hours for each year of the programme. You will also need to have a Level 3 Subject Specialist qualification.
You do not need to have a degree to join this programme.
All candidates will be required to attend an interview before joining the programme. Interviewers will seek evidence of:
Please contact us through the form below. After submitting a form we will contact you as soon as possible. We will delete your information one month after the beginning of the next academic year.
You can apply for this course online.