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PGCE (PCET) two years part time - Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Level 7 and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - Level 6 (PGCE)

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Are you a Trainer? Do you train others? Would you like help to improve your teaching/training skills? Would you like to obtain a formal PGCE (PCET) qualification?

Qualification for Teachers, Tutors, Trainers, Lecturers and Instructors in the Lifelong Learning Sector PGCE (PCET)


About Us

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is the only provider in Wales and England independently rated excellent for its teaching and research.  The training scheme at Cardiff University is offered at two levels:

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Level 7


Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Level 6

The PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are part-time and are designed for those teaching/training in post compulsory contexts.  These include vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, higher, further, adult, community and nurse education, school sixth forms, or those delivering 14-19 school/tertiary courses. The PGCE (PCET) programmes address a range of teaching/training subjects and vocational areas and are suitable for anyone regardless of their location or occupational setting.

The PGCE Level 7 consists of 60 Credits at Masters Level 7 and 60 Credits at Level 6. The PGCE Level 6 programme consists of 120 Credits at Level 6.  These credits can be used to build into other programmes of study.

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Student Experience

We recently asked some of our past and present student teachers on our part-time - PGCE (PCET) Programme to tell us about their experience of the course so far and this is what they said.

Our Programmes

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) at undergraduate level 6

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) at masters level 7

Length of Course

2 year part-time, commencing in usually in the third or last week of September of each academic year and finishing in mid June with attendance on Wednesday’s from 3pm – 8pm.

The Qualification

The awards are conferred by Cardiff University.  On successful completion of the course, candidates are awarded the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) at undergraduate level 6 or the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) at masters level 7 depending on their point of entry.

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Entry Requirement

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at Undergraduate (level 6) 

Candidates must be actively involved in training or education as a work role or in a voluntary capacity. 

PGCE Undergraduate Level 6 applicants should possess a professional qualification together with relevant professional experience.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Masters (level 7)

Candidates must be actively involved in training or education as a work role or in a voluntary capacity. 

PGCE Masters Level 7 applicants should possess a degree classified at 2.2 honours or above or the equivalent.

Students that already hold a degree on entry to the programme may enrol for either level 6 or level 7 programmes.

English Language Entry Requirements

In line with Cardiff University’s English Language Policy all UK applicants are required to hold GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5 or an equivalent recognised test score, prior to commencement of the course.  

All applicants must provide copies of their English Language qualifications in support of their applications.  All qualifications are verified and individually checked on enrolment (original embossed and or watermarked certificates must be presented).

The University run an eight-week pre-sessional English courses available to students whose first language is not English. For more information about the English Language Programmes available, please refer to the International Development Division web pages, or alternatively contact: English Language Programmes Office, e-mail:

We continue to support students with your English and study skills once they are enrolled on the PGCE (PCET) part –time programme - this is called in-sessional support.


Course members are engaged full-time or part-time in various areas of lifelong learning.  Past course-members have been from Private/commercial Training Organisations , In-house training departments, Further Education and Tertiary Colleges, centres of Adult Education, the Armed Forces, Local Government Services, the Prison Service, Nursing and other health professionals.  Participants, therefore, differ widely in their qualifications, training/teaching vocational expertise and experience.


Attendance at the University will be on Wednesdays from 3pm to 8pm, September to June (not including holiday periods).

Teaching /Training Requirements

Candidates should have access to 120 instructional/teaching contact hours over a period of 2 years. 


The fees for the PGCE (PCET) part-time programme for academic year 2013/14 for home and EU students were £1,725 per annum. Home and EU programme fees are reviewed annually and are set to increase in line with inflation. Full details regarding fees for 2014-15 will be published on our web pages as soon as these are available.

You can contact our Fees Office on 029 2087 5253 to request further information regarding tuition fee costs or visit the web address  where up to date information is available on tuition fees for all Cardiff University programmes of study.

Applicants are advised to contact their Local Education Authorities (LEA) directly for support and advice concerning funding for part-time PGCE (PCET) programmes.

Employers and Training Companies also have funds set aside for Annual Training of Staff and it may be helpful to discuss possible entitlements with senior colleagues in your work place.

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Useful Contacts / Links

1) Student Finance Wales

Tel: 0845 602 8845

2) Student Finance Information - England

Tel: 0845 607 7577

3) Student Loans Company

4) Welsh Assembly Government

Aims of the PGCE (PCET) part-time Programme

The aims of the programmes are to enable candidates to explore, build and further develop the professional skills needed for successful training and teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  We want to stimulate active learning, develop critical and creative thinking about learning and encourage the desire to continue learning at the end of the course.

The programmes will enable candidates to further develop and nurture their:

  • Professional knowledge and understanding
  • Personal skills and attributes
  • Competence in key areas of teaching/training and learning

These aims are informed and underpinned by a commitment to the values of:

  • Reflective practice and scholarship
  • Collegiality and collaboration
  • The centrality of the learner and learner autonomy
  • Entitlement, equality and inclusiveness.


Candidates are supported in a variety of modes utilising a range of teaching and learning methodologies and strategies.  Key lectures, tutorials, discussion groups, seminars and practical teaching are designed and administered in order to promote discovery learning, experiential learning and metacognition.  These key lectures are supported with seminar sessions where the content is unpacked further, promoting active engagement, understanding and retention of information to the point where candidates are then comfortable and confident to teach others with a view of achieving maximum retention of information.  A variety of learning approaches are also adopted – such as games, role play and debate in order to promote knowledge and understanding. 


There are six common core modules on both of the PGCE programmes at level 6 or level 7.  These are:

  • Psychology for Teaching and Learning
  • Sociological Perspectives in Education and Training
  • Planning for Teaching and Learning
  • Values, Policy and Practice
  • Effective Practice with E-Learning
  • Professional Teaching Project

Each module has credit points attached and is assessed using a variety of assessment types for e.g essays, portfolios, projects etc.

Each module must be passed in order to be awarded the PGCE.

Application Closing Date

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before September 2014 in order to be considered for entry into the programme for the academic session 2014/15.

Course Start Date

The Year 1 PGCE part-time programme commences on Wednesday the 17th September 2014.

Please note: this course is not suitable for those wishing to teach in primary and secondary schools.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)29 208 74021

Year of Entry: 2014


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