Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PGCE

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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The PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post compulsory education and training sector.

This PGCE PCET course is designed for graduates with degrees from a wide range of subjects, including those not widely taught in secondary schools (such as Sport Science, Health and Social Care and Dance). It will equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential. 

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an In-Service Part-Time PGCE (PCET).

Why us?

  • Teacher Training Subject Specialist support bursaries ranging from £12,000 to £26,000 are available
  • The course helps you to plan and teach lively, interesting and challenging lessons with confidence and expertise
  • You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team who are extremely research active and lead on a number of sector research projects
  • Provides unique opportunities for you to work collaboratively to research and improve your teaching in ways employers really notice
  • The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teaching Training (SUNCETT) team

Course structure

Contact time for the PGCE PCET is 8 hours per week in an encouraging and productive learning environment that provides student teachers with opportunities, time and space to develop their knowledge of theory and refine their teaching practice alongside highly experienced and research-active teachers and teacher-educators. 

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including interactive teaching, lectures, seminars, practical teaching workshops, tutorials, directed learning and group work.

You will also be expected to successfully complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice placement over the course.

Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summative observations of teaching practice.

This course is for people who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector, you may be interested in our part-time Post Compulsory Education and Training in-service PGCE.

Modules on this course include:

Trainee teachers on the PGCE PCET will study five of the following modules. The majority of our trainees will be studying on the ‘Generic Pathway’. The module ‘Developing Theories of Teaching Learning and Assesment in PCET’ is interchangeable depending on the pathway you choose, i.e. English, SEND, Maths or Computing pathway.

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 credits)
  • Developing Theories of Teaching Learning and Assessment in PCET (20 credits) Generic pathway only
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy: English Literacy (20 credits) English pathway only
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (20 credits) SEND pathway only
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy (Maths: Numeracy) (20 credits) Maths pathway only
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy (Computing) (20 credits) Computing pathway only
  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development 2 (20 credits)
  • Developing Curriculum and Implementing Policy in Post Compulsory Education and Training (30 credits)
  • Advancing Subject Specialist Teaching through Critical Reflection and Professional Development (30 credits)


You’ll be based at Wearside View, situated on the award-winning St Peter’s riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You must also have:

  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to complete a pre-interview written task, participate in a group activity and complete a short in-house literacy assessment.

If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing, and no section below 6.0. If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements. 

Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.

The Department for Education (DfE) has developed a new GOV.UK application service, Apply for teacher training, for those applying for a postgraduate teacher training course. This new service will eventually replace the current UCAS Teacher Training portal for postgraduate teacher training.

Apply for teacher training is user friendly, simple to use and flexible. It will allow candidates from a wider and more diverse pool of talent to showcase their skills, experience and potential to be excellent teachers. The University of Sunderland is an early adopter of this new service; please use the Apply now button at the top of this page for more information.

Technical requirements for studying this course

There may be times where physical face to face classes are unable to be held. There is the potential for remote or online classes to be held in the future. We suggest the following to make the most of your PGCE PCET learning experience:

  • You will need access to a stable internet connection (min. 1MB/s)
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that you will need to access to study runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, or any other device with a modern web browser
  • Please note that you cannot access the Virtual Learning Environment on Internet Explorer
  • You will need access to Microsoft Teams to access classes and Microsoft Word/PowerPoint, or equivalent software, to complete your assignments. Access to the suite of Microsoft applications will coincide with your enrolment to the programme.

Career ready

When you complete this course, you will have a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training that will qualify you to teach in the PCET sector.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to employment within Further Education colleges, Sixth Form colleges, training organisations, charities, universities, prison education and community and adult organisations.

Following successful completion of the course and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Teacher Training placement

Placements are an essential part of the PGCE PCET degree. We will help to arrange a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector over the course of your one year of study. Your Teaching Practice Placement will provide you with valuable opportunities to work alongside experienced teachers and to learn how to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector. You will be supported and guided by a Subject Specialist Mentor who will be allocated to you through the University of Sunderland’s Placement Office. Please note that you will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from placement. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right opportunities.

Enhanced Mentoring

The ‘Enhanced Mentoring’ pathway is a bespoke initial teacher training option, accredited by the University of Sunderland. Training as part of this pathway gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a Further Education environment, gaining an immediate insight into what teaching involves. The Enhanced Mentoring option as part of PGCE PCET is a fee-paying route into teaching, delivered in-house at Durham Sixth Form or Hartlepool Sixth Form College, accredited by and in collaboration with, the PCET team at the University of Sunderland.

This pathway option is delivered by qualified in-house staff who possess a high level of expertise. It allows the trainee teacher to experience a bespoke course in which they can immerse themselves in post-16 education. While on the course, trainees will benefit from this vast knowledge and experience, demonstrated through the academic programme that has been devised to cover a broad range of training areas. These areas include an introduction to teaching and learning, embedding effective assessment, enrichment and developing action research skills. Teaching will be supported by contemporary academic writing and educational research to ensure trainees are provided with a thorough knowledge of current educational policy and practice. In addition, trainees will spend two days in department areas teaching, mentoring and supporting teachers. The programme has been designed in line with other PCET courses with an additional dual specialism element and will be accredited by the University of Sunderland.



26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PGCE


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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