University of Greenwich

Degree level: Undergraduate

PCE Further Education & Skills Sector

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Course summary

Our Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) will give you the skills to become a teacher in Further Education colleges. We focus on teaching in a variety of settings, including colleges, adult education centres, and community organisations. The course develops your knowledge of pedagogy and helps you gain vital classroom management skills. For full-time students, we offer placements in a variety of subjects. These include animal care, art and design, beauty and hairdressing, catering, childcare, construction, leisure and tourism, humanities, photography and sport science. We offer endorsements in the following subject areas, which is equivalent to a Level 5 Diploma in the teaching of the subject area:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
*ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
  • ESOL and Literacy
You will complete at least 100 hours of teaching experience (125 hours for ESOL and Literacy). For distance learning, you must be in a teaching/training role, and all practice is carried out in your setting. We also offer QTLS in partnership with the Society of Education and Training (SET), making us the first provider to offer this in London.

Course details


Year 1 Students are required to study the following compulsory modules. Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 (Level 5) (30 credits) Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 5) (30 credits) Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 5) (30 credits) Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 (Level 5) (15 credits) Theories of Learning and Inclusion (15 credits)

Assessment method

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A Star Equivalency Testing.

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

An occupational health check.



Diagnostic Literary task for all applicants

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2020/21 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2021/22 academic year.
PCE Further Education & Skills Sector at University of Greenwich - UCAS