Institute of Education

Post Compulsory Education

BA (Hons) Part-time 3 years, Part-time Distance Learning 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 17 January 2022, 20 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Part-time Distance Learning
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years), Part-time Distance Learning (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, Distance Learning
  • School Institute of Education
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Why choose this course?

The focus of this course is the development of the knowledge, skills and qualities required by existing teachers in Post Compulsory Education.

The programme will develop individuals as reflective practitioners who are capable of critically reviewing their own performance. This means valuing critical and professional autonomy, thereby encouraging teachers to see work with students as central to CPD as opposed to separate from it. It is an approach that sees ‘identity’ as a key concept for all learners.

The course will:

  • centre on a holistic model of critical reflective practice
  • encourage the use of advanced technologies
  • encourage the sharing of professional practice
  • encourage teachers to be enterprising with their ideas and professional teaching practice 

What happens on the course?

You will study the complexities of PCE both as they relate to your part in it and from broader philosophical, socio-cultural and psychological perspectives.

Thereafter you will explore teacher identity within the sector and develop relevant skills in Guidance and Counselling. The opportunity then exists for a structured Honours dissertation.

Throughout the programme you will be addressing notions of theory and practice as negotiable rather than oppositional.The course has a flexibility which allows you both to focus on your own discrete contexts and to explore the ever-broader implications of PCE.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Post Compulsory Education is designed for qualified teachers (teachers possessing the Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education) who are employed within the Lifelong Learning sector.

The award will provide an accredited continuing professional development route through which teachers will be enabled to enhance their career opportunities within the sector.

It will also offer, upon completion, a progression route onto study at Master’s level and the School of Education’s postgraduate portfolio.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • The qualification is designed to offer a progression opportunity from the Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (Cert Ed PCE). This programme is specifically designed as a top up for those in-service teachers who have completed either the Cert Ed PCE or Foundation degree. 

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course have experience within the feild having worked in Further Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

Dr. Pete Bennett has a PhD by Published Work: ‘Teaching itself: a mythology of teaching and learning in theory and practice’. Pete has twenty years’ experience teaching A-Levels at an open access sixth form college. He has written textbooks and academic readers for Film, Media and Communication and Culture. He is the co- author of After the Media: Culture and Identity in the 21st Century (2011) and co- editor of the new Routledge Research in Media Education and Literacy research series. He has spent the last fifteen years teaching F.E. teachers and writing and editing in the fields of media, education and culture including Barthes’ Mythologies Today: Readings of Contemporary Culture (Routledge 2013), Doing Text: Media after the Subject (2016).  Identity and Resistance in Further Education (2018) and) The Uses of Media Literacy(2020) .  His latest collection is Rethinking and Reviving Subject English: The Murder and the Murmur (forthcoming 2022) for Routledge. 


You can expect to develop:

  • critical insight into the societal and organisational structures and purposes of educational systems across the world and the possible implications for learners and the learning process
  • an ability to analyse educational concepts, theories and issues of policy in a systematic way
  • a high level of ability to reflect on your own value system
  • a critical understanding of the significance and limitations of theory and research
  • a practised ability to organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing in a diverse range of relevant contexts showing confident use of specialist vocabulary
  • an ability to process and synthesise empirical and theoretical data, to create new syntheses and to present and justify a chosen position having drawn on relevant theoretical perspectives
  • digital literacy through online learning and research instruments
  • insight into aspects of global citizenship and the international dimension of education

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Part-time Distance Learning £3100 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time Distance Learning £3120 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3083 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £3083 per year# 2022-23
International Part-time Distance Learning £6475 per year 2021-22
International Part-time Distance Learning £6725 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education OR Foundation degree.

A minimum of two years teaching experience within the Lifelong Learning sector.

Advanced standing will be awarded as follows:

Entry with Cert Ed PCE
60 credits at level 1
60 credits at level 2
60 credits at level 1 for professional teaching experience within the Lifelong learning sector and professional teaching placement within the Cert Ed PCE.
Hence, students will be required to achieve 60 credits at level 2 and 120 credits at level 3 to be accredited the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Post Compulsory Education.

Entry with Foundation degree
120 credits at level 1
120 credits at level 2
Hence, students will be required to achieve 120 credits at level 3 to be accredited the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Post Compulsory Education.)

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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