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  • Start Date(s) 6 September 2022
  • Award PGCE
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, Post Compulsory Education) offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-14 educational and training establishments.

This could include FE colleges, adult education providers, academies, UTCs and training providers and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) post graduation status once registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). This course is designed to meet the 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. 

We are currently looking for applicants who have relevant degrees and would like to teach any of the following subjects: Animal Behaviour/Animal Science, Art and Design, Art & Design - Graphics, Business Studies, Chemistry, Early Childhood Studies, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), General Science (Biology AND Physics or Chemistry), Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Mathematics, Media Production, Music Technology, Music Performance, Other Education  Related, Photography, Special Needs/Supported Learning, Sports, Travel and Tourism and Uniformed Public Services.

If your degree subject does not appear here you may still be able to apply.

*Please note some subjects have small numbers and can fill up quickly, therefore if you are successful at interview, you may be placed on a waiting list with an offer for the next intake.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits* that can be used towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education (for those in a position to self-fund the course).

This is NOT an appropriate course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) for schools and does not provide the participant with a DfE number.

What happens on the course?

Our PCE teacher training programmes seek to prepare student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required of a professional teacher in the post compulsory sector. 

You'll also be placed in a lifelong learning setting for two days per week and two days will be based at the University. You'll also go on two block placements during the year – where you are supported and supervised by college teacher mentors, as well as by a University Personal Tutor whom you meet on a weekly basis.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with partnership organisations for many years.
  • We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
  • High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
  • A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits* to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course (for those in a position to self-fund the course).
  • Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.

What do Ofsted say?

The University of Wolverhampton provision is particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it. They are valued highly by the schools, colleges and other settings where they secure employment in the region. The university has an excellent reputation that enables it to build strong partnerships across the region to support high-quality teacher training and educational improvement. Employment rates in all phases are high, with many former trainees working in the region.

Ofsted (2013), Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report, London: Ofsted

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course have experience within the field 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. Victoria Wright  holds a Doctorate in Learning and Learning Contexts from the University of Birmingham. Her thesis was titled ‘An autoethnographic account of giving lesson observation feedback’. Her research interests centre on post compulsory education, autoethnography (also collaborative autoethnography), narratives of self/ care of self, literacy practices, assessment and feedback practices. Authored papers and ongoing reading are shared with students in the light of specific themes in modules on the MA Professional Practice and Lifelong Education and have been drawn on at points across initial teacher education. She also reviews for a number of journals including InspireFE, Teacher Education Advancement Network and International Journal of Lifelong Education.  

More recently, Victoria was involved in a collaborative bid with Sheffield Hallam University and Birmingham City University. This was a national project in which Victoria contributed to a mentor framework and mentor guide for the Further Education sector. 

Victoria represents the university at the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers and has a number of collaborative relationships with other HEIs in the field. She is also an MA Education External Examiner for both Huddersfield University and Bishop Grosseteste University.

Victoria teaches across teacher education and on the MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education. She is a doctorate/ PhD supervisor and examiner.

Image of Sandi Bates is a Senior Lecturer within the Post Compulsory Education team

Sandi Bates is a Senior Lecturer within the Post Compulsory Education team, a post held since 2015. Most of her teaching career has been at a Further Education College teaching a wide variety of subjects from early Childhood Studies through to Initial Teacher Education. During her twenty years teaching in FE she has held roles both supporting and educating teachers and support staff. She has been part of the Initial Education teams both in college and at the university as part of the unique and forward thinking collaborative partnerships that exist within Post Compulsory Education. Whilst working with in-service teachers Sandi gained a clear insight into some of the academic, vocational and pastoral demands teachers face. She has successfully supported teachers in a wide variety of vocational and academic curriculum areas, ranging from Hair and Beauty to Forensic Science. 

Sandi holds an MA in Education (Teaching and Learning) from Wolverhampton University. 

Within the university, she has an active role in undertaking collaborative research and writing.

Latest publication:

Bates and Wright (2019) Adopting a Janus perspective: moving forwards and backwards through our teacher professional experiences. International Journal of Lifelong Education.


Looking for 1-1 advice? OPEN EVENTS - FIND OUT MORE

Come along to one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, or  where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. 

The course learning outcomes are: 
1. Theoretical knowledge and application
2. Practical, professional and research skills 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 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

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • To hold a honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification  in a subject related to the area you wish to teachwith vocational / professional experience considered carefully in each individual circumstance.
  • To have achieved grade C/4 or above in GCSEs English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations.

Please see equivalent GCSE qualifications we do accept. If you unsure please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

We do offer computer-based Key Skills Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency tests at the University Walsall Campus. A charge will be introduced as follows: £40 for one test or £60 for two tests.

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

You must be sure that you wish to embark on a career of teaching in Post-Compulsory Education before applying for this course. In order to achieve this we recommend that you gain some experience within the post compulsory sector. We expect you to research your subject area within the post-compulsory context, and to visit a further education establishment to make an informed decision about how your subject specialism fits into the national vocational framework.

All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to an interview. This will include a presentation and a panel-based interview. Please view information regarding interview preparation.

Further information regarding the interview process can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check prior to starting the course.

POST COMPULSORY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

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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