Northumberland College

PGCE and Cert Ed Northumberland College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Huddersfield


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Course summary

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education [PGCE] and the Certificate in Education [Cert Ed] is a professional qualification for the lifelong learning sector and is intended for those who teach, or wish to teach vocational subjects in organisations such as further education colleges, higher education institutions, adult and community learning.

If you aspire to teach or currently train young people (14 years and over) or adults in vocational areas, this course will help you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training and to creatively explore the professional opportunities open to you.

This two year course requires applicants to be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 50 hours per year at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/ training can be discussed at application and interview as it may also be acceptable in some circumstances, subject to DBS clearance. In all circumstances, you are required to identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism.

Course details


Year 1
• Teaching, Learning and Assessment
• Personal and Professional Development
Year 2
• Teaching a Specialist Subject
• Curriculum and Professional Issues

Assessment method

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 and grading of your competency as a trainee teacher is logged and graded by the Initial Teacher training tutors.

In year 1 you are expected to complete three written assignments, complete grading against the Education and Training Foundation standards, plan and review your own professional development and maintain a reflective

In year 2 you are expected to complete three written assignments, including a presentation at the University of
Huddersfield, complete grading against the Education and Training Foundation standards.

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

You should hold qualifications at NVQ Level 3 or above alongside significant workplace experience in the vocational area you intend to teach. It is advisable to hold either GCSE in English and Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills.

At interview, a range of pre-interview tasks are discussed, to determine your suitability for the programme.

If you are offered a place on the programme you are expected to complete the on-line application to the University of Huddersfield.

This course requires all applicants, from the time they enrolled on the course and throughout its duration, to be in paid teaching employment or voluntary placement, which meets the requirements of the course as stated above.

Confirmation of DBS [Disclosure and Barring service] clearance is required by all employed applicants. All volunteer applicants must complete DBS prior to commencement of the voluntary placement.

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

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2,500 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,500 * Year 1
Scotland £2,500 * Year 1
Wales £2,500 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Higher Education students may be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,000 per year (Full-Time) and £500 (Part-Time) to support study costs such as travel, IT, equipment, meals and books if their household income is £25,000 or less. Proof of household income is required.

Provider information

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Northumberland College
College Road
NE63 9RG

Course contact details

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Admissions (Higher Education)

01670 841200

Fax: 01670 841201