Level 5 Professional Certificate in Education in the Further Education and Skills Sector / Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in the Further Education and Skills Sector (University of Greenwich) (Distance Learning)
List of Courses
Start Date
Course Type
Course Code
Sep 2020
Part-Time HE
Distance Learning DIST
Sep 2020
Part-Time HE
Distance Learning DIST
Jan 2021
Part-Time HE
Distance Learning DIST
About this course

The Professional Certificate in Education / the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (if you have a degree) are two year courses and have been designed to be innovative in its approach to teaching and learning through their content and assessment strategies.

These qualifications will provide trainees with the specialised skills and knowledge and nationally recognised qualifications that will give them a route to employment in a large and diverse sector.

Trainees on the programmes are supported to apply the learning from the programmes to their practice.

The distance learning course will provide you with materials, tutor support and the opportunity to attend module related seminars. You must be prepared to work as an independent learner.

The aims of the course are:

  • To provide an initial training of a high quality for practising and intending teachers and trainers in the Learning and Skills Sector who have access to teaching.
  • To provide a thorough preparation for teaching and training.
  • To develop your practical teaching skills.
  • To develop a wide range of inclusive teaching and learning approaches that promote equality of opportunity and cater for individual difference.
  • To develop skills of reflective practice.

To develop your skills as an effective reflective practitioner, seminars will be held at the beginning of each semester to which you are expected to attend.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will gain either a Professional Certificate in Education in the Further Education and Skills Sector or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in the Further Education and Skills Sector and the courses include modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Professional Development (part 1)
  • Theories of Learning

Year Two:

  • Professional Development (part 2)
  • Policy and Curriculum Issues
  • Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise

Please note:

Modules and course content are likely to change.

Entry requirements

You should normally have:

  • A level 3 qualification in the subject you teach (or equivalent).
  • A level 2 qualification in Literacy GCSE English at grade C (4) or above or working towards this qualification.
  • Teaching a minimum of 100 hours (50 hours each year).
  • Teach or train, at least part of the time, groups of students.
  • Teach or train in a variety of contexts which could be different subjects or different levels over the 2 years.
  • A mentor, who has a Certificate in Education or equivalent, will support and observe you teaching and who has a specialism in your subject area.
  • Evidence of current teaching / training experience for a minimum of 2 years.
  • For a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), you will need to have a 2.2 honours degree.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Support for students studying Professional Certificate in Education / Professional Graduate Certificate in Education:

We understand that going into part time education can have a big effect on people's lives.  There may be many questions you want to ask before you start on a course.  There may also be times during your studies when you will want to seek information and advice from a reliable source.

Wiltshire College has a dedicated independent team of advice and guidance staff for the benefit of both students and potential students.

Available throughout the year, they provide information, advice and confidential support services for all students.  They are there to enable you to make informed decisions about your studies and to help you deal with any difficulties that may arise.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a Professional Certificate in Educaton or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, accredited by the University of Greenwich.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and the cost of this programme is £2,250 per year.

If a student wishes to study part time, they are welcome to apply directly to the College.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email HEAdmissions@Wiltshire.ac.uk for more information.

The programme requires a number of supportive visits to locations where you will be teaching.  For distances within 30 miles of any of the college's four main campuses, this will be included in your course fees.  For distances between 31 and 60 miles, further expenses at a rate of 0.40 ppm will be incurred and added to your course fees.  Unfortunately, we are unlikely to be able to offer distance courses that are outside 60 miles.

Click here for the programme handbook.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve a Professional Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education which will enable you to teach in a wide variety of teaching and training provision in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

At the end of the course, you will be able to apply for Qualified Teacher Lecturer Status which will require you to complete a QTLS portfolio of evidence.

Achievement of QTLS will also enable you to also teach in the Secondary School sector subject to appropriate specialist qualifications. You will also need an English and Maths qualification at Level 2 (GCSE C or above or an equivalent qualification) to apply for QTLS.