Post Compulsory Education & Training (PCET) - PGCE/PCE 

Course Overview

Pathways for Post Compulsory Education & Training (PCET)
Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) PCET
Professional Certificate of Education (PCE) PCET.

Course Content

This is a part-time, in-service course which has a requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of contact teaching in the first year and a minimum of 100 hours of contact teaching in the second year.  You are responsible for arranging your own teaching placement(s).  Required teaching hours should be carried out between October and April in each academic year.

The programme includes the following content:

• Introduction to teaching in post compulsory education
• Designing, delivering and assessing learning
• Teaching and learning strategies
• Professional development
• Curriculum design
• Context of post compulsory education and training
• Reflective Practice

The Course Team reserve the right to amend the programme to ensure compliance with professional standards.

Career Potential

The PGCE/PCE PCET will qualify you to teach in Further and Higher Education, adult and community education, leisure and youth workers and training personnel in HM forces, industry and commerce.

Students who have completed this course have gone on to part or full-time teaching in the post compulsory sector of education and training.

Progression Routes:
Non-graduates successfully completing the Cert Ed (PCET) will gain 150 credits at levels 4 and 5. Learners can use these to gain advanced standing onto the BA (PCET). Graduates successfully completing the PGCE (PCET) can progress to the MA (PCET) and will also earn credits that can be put towards this MA. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Cert Ed (PCET) should have:

  • A qualification at Level 3, or above in the subject they intend to teach

Applicants to the PGCE (PCET) should have:

  • A degree
  • A qualification at Level 3, or above in the subject they intend to teach 

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Education

Course Length: Two years part-time

The programme is continually assessed through module assignments and two hundred hours of supervised teaching experience to include 130 hours of direct teaching over two years.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Selection Procedure:
Application form, CV and interview.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

Further Information:

Programme leader for PGCE (PCET), Rhiain Burberry
Tel: 029 2041 6292

Programme leader for PCE (PCET), Leanne Davies
Tel: 029 2041 7097

See Also:
Cardiff School of Education Website