Post Compulsory Education Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers the most common queries that we receive regarding post compulsory teaching courses. 

What is the difference between a Certificate in Education (CertEd)/Professional Graduate Certificate (ProfGradEd) and a Diploma in Education and Training (DET)?

The Certificate in Education/Professional Graduate Certificate is accredited by the University of Wolverhampton, whereas a DET accredited by an organisation like City and Guilds or EdExcel. The Professional Gradraduate route includes Level 6 modules in the second year.

What is the difference between a Certificate in Education and a Professional Graduate Certificate?

The Certificate in Education is studied at level 4/5 and for those individuals that do not hold a first degree: whereas the Professional Graduate Certificate is studied at level 5/6 and allows the University to offer a differentiated route and accreditation for those individuals who already hold a degree qualification.

Entry Requirements

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

What degree do I need?

A UK-recognised Honours degree, or equivalent, preferably 2:1 or above and in the subject you wish to teach.

How much experience do I need in the further eduation sector?

PGCE routes
No specified amount of experience is given, however we ask that you visit a further education establishment to make an informed decision about how your subject specialism fits into the national vocational framework. You can then reflect on this in your interview, if you are shortlisted.

CertEd & ProfGradEd and BA (Hons) routes
These are in-service routes therefore you are required to be a teacher already working with in the post-14 sector and therefore would have significant work (or appropriate voluntary) experience.

Do I need to take the Professional Skills Tests?

Professional Skills Tests are only required for candidates applying for Early Years, Primary or Secondary teacher training routes as a requirment from the Department for Education, therefore you are not required to pass the Professional Skills Tests as this is not a requirement of the Society for Education and Training.

Applications and Admissions

When can I apply?

PGCE routes
Applications need to be submitted through a University of Wolverhampton direct application via our website.

CertEd & ProfGradEd and BA (Hons) routes
Applications need to be submitted through a University of Wolverhampton direct application via our website.

What shall I include in my application?

PGCE routes
The standard of English in your statement has to be of a very good standard so please proof read your statement. Include your sector experiences and include examples to make your statement more colourful. Share your philosophy of teaching and your thoughts around the related pedagogy in post compulsory education. Refrain from making sweeping generalisations; we need to read something that reflects who you are….and what you think!

CertEd & ProfGradEd & BA (Hons) routes
Include your sector experiences and examples from your teaching career to make your statement more colourful. Share your philosophy of teaching and your thoughts around the related pedagogy in post compulsory education. 

How will I find out whether I have got an interview or not?

PGCE routes
You will be informed via the University of Wolverhampton Admissions department if you have an interview or whether your application has been unsuccessful for the course you applied for. Please be aware that we interview from November until Early August and your application may still be under consideration during this period. 

CertED & ProfGradEd & BA (Hons) routes
Interviews are conducted by the partner colleges.

What will the PGCE interview include?

You will firstly be asked to give a short presentation about why you want to teach your subject area within the post-compulsory context. Details of this will be sent to you if you are shortlisted for interview.

This will be followed with a panel interview. You should generally try to tailor your answers to reflect on the following:

  • Your commitment to, and understanding of further education and the role of the teacher
  • Effective personal, intellectual and communication skills
  • A positive attitude towards post-14 learners
  • Your enthusiasm for, and understanding of, your subject(s) and teaching in general
  • Your ability to converse about relevant educational issues in the sector.
  • Clear and accurate spoken English

You will also be expected to complete a written task. 

Do I need to bring anything to the interview?

When attending an interview for a teacher training programme you will need to bring the following items with you.

  • Your presentation
  • Evidence of your qualifications (certificates)
  • Pens/pencils

Additional items may be required so remember to check the guidance given in your invitation to interview. 


On the PGCE routes students undertake a college placement across the course between October and May. Generally you are on placement two days a week. There are also two block placements in January and May.

For those on the in-service routes, placements learning will come from current employment.

Prospects and Employment

What progression opportunities are there for further study with the University beyond the course?

For those individuals completing the Certificate in Education route at level 4/5, you will have accumulated credits towards a BA (Hons) and for those individuals completing the Professional Graduate Certificate route at level 5 and 6 or a PGCE route you will accumulated credits towards an MA, dependant on the source of MA funding.

How employable are PCE teaching graduates?

The University of Wolverhampton creates graduates that are digitally literate, knowledgeable & enterprising and have a global outlook on life. Due to the extensive partnership profile we have with local colleges and organisations we have a high rate of employability. 94% of our Institute of Education graduates were employed or in further study, six months after graduating. 

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Prices are dispayed on individual courses pages, however in some cases tuition fee loans may be available. Find out more

DBS and Medical Checks

I already have a DBS, will I be required to have another one?

Our PGCE Post Compulsory Education teacher education applicants will be required to have a new DBS check that has our name attached to it. However if you are registered a part of the update service you will not be required to have another check. Find out more about the DBS Update Service.

When can I undertake my DBS and medical checks?

Once you have been issued with either a conditional or unconditional offer and you have accepted this, you will be sent information, about how to complete your DBS Disclosure Application Form and Occupational Health forms online for completion and return. Please note, this information is usually sent out in from May for our September intake.

Will I be charged to undertake my DBS?

Applicants will be charged the standard DBS costs.

Will I be charged to undertake my medical?

The University of Wolverhampton will not charge you to undertake your Occupational Health Check. 

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