Institute of Education

Post Compulsory Education

CertEd (PCE) Part-time 2 years

The Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education is a two year course that is undertaken by teachers who are already working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

The Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education is a two year course that is undertaken by teachers who are already working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) 5 November 2019, 23 September 2019
  • Award CertEd (PCE)
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Telford and Wrekin Local Authority, Cheshire College South and West
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education is a two year course that is undertaken by teachers who are already working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Students normally attend taught sessions once a week at one of a number of Partner colleges across the West Midlands and further afield. The Partnership involves strong links between the partner colleges and the University. By undertaking this course, you will be joining a Community of Practice underpinned by a strong culture of teaching and learning and critical enquiry.

The course is designed to meet the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Professional Standards and has at its heart a model of Critical Reflective Practice that facilitates an ongoing professional dialogue between student, mentor and tutor.

The course received a Grade 2: Good in the Ofsted Inspection March 2013.

What happens on the course?

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20

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

You will be an in-service teacher employed within the Lifelong Learning Sector and able to provide evidence of at least 150 hours of teaching practice experience over the duration of the award.

You should hold an appropriate qualification of at least National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 in the subject area in which you are teaching.

You will be required to demonstrate achievement at NQF level 2 in English/literacy/communication and will have achieved or be working towards achievement of NQF level 2 in mathematics/numeracy.

Applicants who hold a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to university procedures.

“At school they told me I wasn’t bright enough to be a teacher but this course has given me the confidence to believe in myself and do a job I’m passionate about,” says 34-year-old Kelly Knox who is in the final few months of the two-year Certificate in Education/PGCE and has just secured a permanent job as a teacher.

Kelly, who attends college one evening a week, added: “Studying this way has given me the freedom to fit doing my qualification around work and family life and I’ve been  able to balance keeping up-to-date with assignments with my other commitments.

“Throughout the course I’ve had to research topics that I never thought were connected to teaching and I’ve gained much more knowledge around learning styles and the curriculum which I was able to refer to in the interview for my new role.

“The tutor is aware of the pressures we’re under and has been very supportive, always making time to talk or answer queries in between the weekly sessions.  I would certainly recommend this way of learning to anyone with a job or family who is looking to change career or gain new qualifications.

 “This course is the only reason I’m able to teach and I honestly didn’t expect to be the person I am today - I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved.”

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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