UNIVERSITY OF WALES INSTITUTE, CARDIFF ATHROFA PRIFYSGOL CYMRU,
Cardiff School of Education
PGCE (PCET) / Cert.Ed(PCET)
PGCE/Cert Ed (Post Compulsory Educations & Training)
1. Who is the Course for?
This is a professionally endorsed, part-time course for practising full and part-time
teachers in the field of post-compulsory education and training. This includes higher,
further, adult and community education, leisure and youth workers and training
personnel in HM forces, industry and commerce. The course specifically seeks to
recruit trainers in occupations ancillary to medicine such as nurses, podiatrists and
dental technologists (see section 2 over page, for details regarding professional
The course additionally caters for people who intend to become teachers and trainers
in the fields mentioned above. It is also suitable for newly qualified graduates who do
not wish to commit themselves to a full time course. Intending teachers should pay
particular attention to the requirements for supervised teaching experience mentioned
later in this leaflet.
Those who apply must possess a professional qualification in the subject they intend
to teach. This will vary for individuals. Students will have qualifications ranging from
City and Guilds to PhDs; however, Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) suggest that learners
should normally hold a Level 3 qualification in the subject that they aim to teach. Any
prospective student who is unsure about the validity of their qualifications should
consult the Programme Director.
2. About the Course?
The Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PCET) is delivered at Levels 6/7.
The Certificate in Education (PCET) is delivered at Levels 4/5.
At the successful end of two years of part-time study graduates following the PGCE
(PCET) route will receive a PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education & Training).
Graduates and non-graduates choosing to follow the Certificate in Education (PCET)
route will be awarded a Cert Ed (Post-Compulsory Education & Training). This is a
University of Wales regulation. In practice, all students will study modules that cover
the same subject-specific content and submit the assignments that follow the same
format, they will however, be assessed at different academic levels. Successful
candidates will be presented with their certificates at the UWIC award ceremony
Normal completion of the programme takes two years of part-time study.
The course team is fully aware of the stresses and strains placed upon mature part-
time students. We are aware that the majority of course attendees have work and
family commitments that occasionally impinge on their ability to study effectively.
Sympathetic consideration of the difficulties faced by part-time students will be given
within the framework of Institution regulations. The course team prides itself on its
friendliness and accessibility and will make every effort to make sure that students’
learning needs are met promptly and efficiently.
3. Additional Requirements
Language, Literacy and Numeracy.
The professional standards for the role of tutor/trainer have been set by LLUK and as
such, embedded into the programme. It is recognised that for learning to be
successful a good level of language, literacy and numeracy is required. This would
usually be considered to be the attainment of GCSE, grade C and above (or its
equivalent), in English and Mathematics.
Information Communication Technology
As with many professional roles, the use of Information Communication Technology
(ICT) is increasing perceived to be a base-line requirement, and those considering
the programme should give some thought to the level of their competence in using
the computer/standard software programs. Students will be encouraged to make use
of ICT in their teaching role and expected to submit formally assessed work
Criminal Records Bureau Check
If your teaching role will bring you into contact with children (under 18) or vulnerable
adults you may be asked to apply for a CRB check. You will need to ensure that you
comply with the requirements of the organisation where you are undertaking your
teaching/training, whether this is a paid or voluntary position. Further information can
be found on the CRB website at http://www.crb.gov.uk.
Nursing & Midwifery Council
The PGCE PCET offered at UWIC is listed as an approved programme on the NMC
database and those choosing to undertake the PGCE PCET NMC pathway will be
able to record their qualification on the NMC register.
Students wishing to undertake the NMC pathway will be required to have access to
the support of a colleague who is a sign-off mentor and whose qualification is
recorded in the same area of the NMC register.
3. Course Content
Preparing to Teach in PCET
This is an initial module designed to provide beginners or untrained practitioners in
post-compulsory education and training with an understanding of the essential
elements of effective performance in the classroom. It covers topics such as the
writing of educational objectives, lesson planning, teaching methods and assessment
and gives students the opportunity to deliver short teaching sessions to their peers.
Year 1 [contd]
Three further modules take students to the end of the first year. The modules explore
in-depth the topics previewed in Induction and allow the students to extend their
knowledge of post-compulsory education and develop their communication skills.
The emphasis is again on classroom teaching. 30 hours of teaching practice is
required to progress from Year One to Year Two of the programme.
Year 2 PGCE (PCET) or Cert Ed (PCET)
Validated by the University of Wales
Four modules complete the second year of study. These aim to consolidate
theoretical and practical competencies relevant to post-compulsory education and to
enable students to reflect on their professional roles, to explore alternative learning
strategies, to design course documentation and to become aware of the context of
the sector and the aims and policies of government and other educational agencies.
100 hours of classroom teaching is required.
NOTE - NMC Pathway
Students following the NMC Pathway are required to record 360 hours of
teaching over the two years of study.
4. Course Structure
A two year course of part-time study and students are required to attend for one
afternoon and evening a week.
Year 1 : Tuesdays 2.00-8.30pm 28 weeks Sept-June
Year 2 : Wednesdays 2.00-8.30pm 28 weeks Sept-June
Teaching and Learning Strategies
In line with generally accepted principles of adult learning, informal teaching methods
are a feature of the course with the emphasis on workshops, discussions, case
studies, role-plays and simulations. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in
all sessions. Formal lectures are kept to a minimum.
Prospective students are advised to seek the support of a workplace mentor. A
mentor is a valuable guide; someone who will be able to offer guidance and with
whom you will be able to discuss issues in a professional context.
Should you wish you mentor to undertake formal assessments of your teaching
practice, he/she will be required to hold the PGCE/Cert Ed PCET, or equivalent.
For those undertaking the NMC Pathway, please note that in addition, the mentor
should be a sign-off mentor and be registered in the same part of the NMC register
5. Course Assessment
There are no final examinations; the course is assessed through a range of written
and practical tasks on an ongoing basis.
Assessment is of two kinds
1. Written assignments and practical activities which are based upon your
professional experiences as a tutor/trainer;
2. A period of supervised teaching experience. In terms of direct classroom
teaching, students will be expected to arrange a teaching placement at an
appropriate institution and teach:
Year One 30 hours
Year Two 100 hours
NMC Pathway Years One/Two 360 hours in total
The course team is willing to advise and help students arrange a placement. It must
be pointed out however that, for intending teachers, a placement cannot be
This course is normally covered by a mandatory award from the student’s Local
Education Authority and prospective students are advised to contact the Finance
department of their LEA. If you do not qualify the cost per year will be approximately:
7. Additional Information
For more information about this course please contact the relevant Programme
PGCE (PCET) Programme Director Cert Ed (PCET) Programme Director
Amanda Renwick, Rhian Hunter Jones
Tel: 029 2041 6575 Tel: 02920 41 6292
Email: - email@example.com Email: - RHJones@uwic.ac.uk