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Institute of Education

Post Compulsory Education

CertEd (PCE) Full-time 1 year, 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
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award CertEd (PCE)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, Dudley College, City of Wolverhampton College, Cheshire College South and West, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Telford and Wrekin Local Authority, Sandwell College, The Bournemouth and Poole College, Ellesmere Port Campus (Cheshire College S & W)
  • 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.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

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.

Where applicants hold a degree (required for PG H) or a level 3 (required for Cert Ed) that does not demonstrate a subject-specific link to their teaching (with the exception of Maths, English and/ or ESOL teachers*) then in addition, applicants will need to provide a reference from one (or more) employer, and evidence of recent (within the last three years) relevant vocational/curriculum experience at Level 3 or equivalent or higher (if PG H) in support of the application. Experience will be considered in specialisms where no Level 3 qualification exists. All applicants are reminded of the need to upskill in each of their subject/ vocational areas.

You will be required to demonstrate achievement at NQF level 2 in English and preferably Mathematics. If you have not achieved NQF Level 2 in Mathematics, you need to work towards an NQF Level 2 whilst on the programme.

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

Applicants who have extensive relevant work experience may be considered in specialisms where no Level 3 qualifications have been gained.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


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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