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Post-14 Education and Training

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE)

Study Post-14 Education and Training at University Centre Leeds

Take the next steps towards teaching. Study current education and training practices, develop your teaching skills and pursue a general qualification or specialise in English, mathematics or SEN.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year, full-time 2 years, part-time
  • Venue: Teacher Development Centre (Park Lane Campus)
  • Fee: £8,745 Full time or £4,372 Part time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 72647-10
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Part Time / Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Post-14 Education and Training

This course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of how to influence teaching, learning and assessment across multiple contexts in the post-14 sector. It’s available as a full-time or part-time route. The part-time route is for those in-service, anyone employed as teachers of post-14 learners.

The full-time route is for those pre-service; those who are not yet employed as teachers.

You will cover various learning and pedagogical models, applying them to your own personal context. Our modules cover multiple aspects of the post-14 sector ranging from the psychology of teaching to designing a curriculum that is inclusive of all learners. You’ll also research and recommend practices that you can enact in your own classrooms.

Shape your studies around your preference; you can pursue a general teaching qualification or can study specialist pathways in English, maths or special educational needs (SEN).

This course is validated by The Open University

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How to Apply

If you're interested in applying to study Full-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Direct Application Form

If you're interested in applying to study part-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Part Time - Direct Application Form

Course Information

In the first year of the programme you will undertake the following three modules:

Year 1

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

In the second year of the programme you will undertake three additional modules:

Year 2

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

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

A range of assessment strategies will be used. These may include the following:

  • Teaching Practitioner File
  • Teaching observation
  • Reflective writing
  • E-presentation
  • Evaluative Report
  • Academic poster
  • Research study


Bachelors Degree: Candidates must hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an honours degree with a minimum classification of a 2:2, conferred by a UK higher education institution, or an equivalent qualification. * Candidates with a 3rd class honours degree may be considered should they have extensive, recent and relevant experience that can be supported by a professional reference.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Interview / Audition: All entrants, as part of the provider’s selection procedures, must have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to undertake the course. The College is unable to offer places on its top-up programme without a selection process that includes an interview.

Supplementary Learning Outcomes: Any student applying with an FD/HND not related to primary education must produce additional evidence of prior experience or learning to show that they have the capacity to meet the level 6 primary-focused outcomes.

DBS checks: Successful applicants must complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be cleared to teach by the accredited provider, ensuring they are not barred from working with young people or excluded from teaching. Candidates will also be required to sign up for the Update Service. Applicants wil be informed of the requirement to complete a DBS check as soon as they have accepted an offer. *The respective roles and responsibilities of our partners in relation to the DBS checks and responsibility for informing the relevant school/provider are clearly defined within the Partnership Agreements. The Luminate Partnership for ITT has established a common understanding of convictions that might pose a barrier to joining, or continuing with, a programme of ITT and the circumstances under which concerns about a particular student should be referred to the police.

Health Declaration: All students will complete a health questionnaire. This is supported by a local healthcare trust that works with the Leeds City College Corporation for the healthcare of its employees. This will be administered by the ITT Admissions Tutor. The outcome of the health assessment will determine the candidates’ fitness to teach. When any health concerns arise, additional measures will be put in place to support the student if required. This will be managed by the local health care trust.

Note: You will need to fulfil the entry criteria below to be offered a place on the programme. All applications will be reviewed by the ITT Admissions Tutor. The entry criteria are cross-referred to the relevant criteria within the Initial Teacher Training (ITT): Criteria and Supporting Advice (updated 4th September, 2020) and have statutory force under The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003.

Students completing these programmes can progress on to Qualified Teacher Learning and
Skills (QTLS) status, or onto degree level study.

Students completing the PGCE may wish to progress and study a Masters degree.

There is also the potential to progress into paid employment in the placement organisation, secondary school or Further Education sectors.

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

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