Prof Grad Cert Ed (Post-16 Education and Training) (Full Time)

Prof Grad Cert Ed (Post-16 Education and Training) (Full Time)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


This full-time, pre-service course aims to provide a fully immersive teaching experience by giving you access to employment and professional development opportunities in the Education and Training sector. The focus on learning through immersion and experience will provide you with greater exposure to the nature of learners and study programmes within the sector.

You will achieve a sound conceptual and practical understanding of how to influence the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the multiple contexts in the post-14 sector. Through innovative teaching and learning strategies such as collaborative teaching and in-the-moment coaching, the course aims to model practices that trainees can enact in classrooms across different curricula and changing contexts in the sector.

At the end of the course, you will have the 120 credits that you need to teach post-14 year olds in the Education and Training sector.


Duration 1 year
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72651-10
Fee £7,250 (per academic year)

What you learn

You will undertake the following three generic modules in the first semester:

  • The Psychology of Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare in Education and Training
  • Demonstrating Professional Knowledge and Competence

You will then undertake three specialist modules in the second semester, which may include:

  • Creative Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
  • Subject Specialist Teaching


Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course will develop teachers who can:

  • Apply key and current ideas about teaching, learning and assessment in the Education and Training Sector to practice
  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective and creative learning sessions for post-14 learners
  • Assess students and use assessment to improve their learning
  • Solve day-to-day practice problems through use-inspired basic research
  • Support learners in the use of language, literacy, numeracy and ICT in the specialist area
  • Implement strategies to cope with challenging behaviour in the classroom
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, educational equity and social justice in their practice
  • Adopt inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which address issues of inequality







How you will be assessed

The assessment tasks are designed to stimulate authentic, meaningful and engaging practice in the workplace and relate, as far as possible, to authentic tasks and realistic contexts. The following summative assessment formats and methods will be used throughout the programme:

  • Investigative research within the workplace
  • Individual presentations using Web 2.0 technologies
  • Academic Poster
  • E-portfolio
  • Classroom observation

Opportunities for learners to participate in peer assessment and self-assessment will be given throughout the programme. Other methods of assessing learners formatively include:

  • peer observation
  • joint observation with subject-specialist mentor
  • debate
  • class questioning
  • case study analysis
  • concept maps

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

The placement will be held at one of our sites in the region.

Entry requirements

All potential applicants are required to attend and successfully pass an interview and will need to fulfil the follow entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:

Five GCSE subjects, including three at GCSE level Grade C or above (which must include English and Mathematics) and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject.

A UK degree (min 2:2) or equivalent.

If the degree is not in your main teaching area, you will be required to hold at least a minimum of NVQ (NQF) level 3 in your vocational area.

All places are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau check.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our full-time teacher education courses for September 2019, please apply here

What's next

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Full Time) course provides routes to Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. Candidates who successfully complete the programme may wish to progress onto Masters level study.

It is anticipated that trainees will have the opportunity to be employed by the institution offering the placement after their traineeship has been completed.

In 2017/18 82%, and in 2016/17 62%, of trainees secured employment in education by the end of their course.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite