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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Level 6

Ashington Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:
Huddersfield University

University of Huddersfield Life Long Learning Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Start Date:
20 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who currently teach, or wish to teach vocational subjects in organisations such as further education colleges, higher education institutions, adult and community learning.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Entry to the course for the PGCE route requires the applicant to have a UK first degree or equivalent related to your specialist area and relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas.

Entry to the course for the Certificate in Education route requires you to have qualifications at Level 3 or above, for example HNC, CGLI Advanced, NVQ level 3/4 or other recognised professional qualification and relevant work experience in the vocational area, you want to teach in.

You must attend an interview and complete a satisfactory interview for this course. Provide two references and identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism for this course. You are also required to provide confirmation of Disclosure and Barring service DBS check. Appropriate Maths and English qualifications at level 2 / O Level or GCSE are required.

What will I study on the course?

You will evaluate your teaching effectiveness and engage in personal and professional development planning, against the appropriate Professional Standards.

In year 2, as part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module, assessed through a presentation and a written specialist subject paper. This requires attendance at the University of Huddersfield. You will complete two other assignments. Assignment 1 is a digital presentation and assignment 2 is a written assignment.

Over the two-year course you will regularly complete a written reflective blog and your teaching will be observed four times per year . The written observations and blog posts form assignment 1 of the teaching portfolio. You will complete a synoptic critical discussion at the end of each year looking themes or key ideas from the modules.

You will complete modules over the two course:

Year 1

- Research informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment

- Becoming a Subject Specialist Teacher

Year 2

- Policy and Professional Issues

- Being a Subject Specialist Teacher

The course is delivered one evening a week at the campus in Ashington. You are advised that 8 -10 hours of study per week outside of the classroom are also a requirement of the course

Course Cost: £3800 fees for 19/20

All assessments completed are logged onto an on-line portal known as Pebblepad. Pebblepad is your portfolio of evidence for the course and is where all assessments, observations of teaching and grading of your competency as a trainee teacher is logged. This is graded by the Initial Teacher training tutors. In year 1 you are expected to complete plan and deliver an observed practical micro-teaching assignment. You will also design an intervention, strategy, activity or resource, underpinned by an understanding of key principles of teaching, learning and assessment.

University of Huddersfield Life Long Learning Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector. If you complete the Certificate in Education, you may want to progress to the BA Hons Education and Professional Development which is a blended learning route via the University of Huddersfield that combines face-to-face Saturday day schools and on line activities alongside tutorial support at Northumberland College.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

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Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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