Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS

Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET)

Course options

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Course summary

The Professional Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) qualifies you to teach in the further, adult and vocational education sector. It is a full, nationally-recognised teaching qualification, specifically designed for those aiming to teach a vocational subject in areas such as Hair and Beauty, Construction and Motor Vehicle Maintenance. You will need a level 3 vocational qualification and relevant industry/sector experience to join the course. Once with us, you will develop skills, confidence and understanding of learning, teaching and assessment in your subject. Candidates must secure a teaching placement before they can start the programme. Teaching practice, in the full teaching role, is at the heart of the qualification (50 hours per year). It provides the foundation for all your learning in every module throughout the course. Whilst on a teaching practice placement, you also need to undertake observation of other practitioners, and to take part in the life of the placement institution more broadly.


The Professional Certificate in Education consists of six 20 credit modules: Planning for Learning This module provides an introduction to teaching in theory and practice, with an opportunity to try things out and a practical assessment. Assessing for Learning This module enables you to get to know your learners better, and to plan to meet their needs. You’ll also be supported in the creative use of learning technology for assessment. Developing Professional Practice This module runs throughout the year and includes planning and managing 50 hours of taught sessions, being observed teaching, evaluating and reflecting on your own practice, and action planning for your own personal development. Practice-based Research This module provides a research project ‘taster’. You will undertake a case study of a learner and develop research skills such as interviewing and other data collection, to help you find out more about your learner and about effective teaching. Literacies for Learning This is a chance to explore ideas about all kinds of communication and literacy (digital, visual, graphic, written etc.) in your everyday life and your teaching. The module is assessed via a fun and interactive exhibition which you contribute to. Extending Professional Practice This builds on your professional learning in Developing Professional Practice, as you continue to plan, teach, reflect and be observed. You will also look beyond the classroom towards the post-compulsory education landscape and learn new technology/animation skills for an assesses presentation.

Assessment method

There are no exams, assessment is 100% coursework. You are assessed in many different ways including practical and interactive activities, as well as written coursework.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A level 3 qualification in the subject that you are going to teach. For vocational subjects it’s also important to have at least 4 years industrial experience. It is essential that students secure a teaching placement before they start the course. This must be a minimum of 50 hours of teaching per year. In addition applicants need 20 hours of observation of an experienced tutor per year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child Workforce and Child Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service.


English language requirements

If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2700* Year 1
Northern Ireland £2700* Year 1
Scotland £2700* Year 1
Wales £2700* Year 1
Channel Islands £2700* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £2700* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS