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New College Durham Pgce

New College Durham Pgce

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE)

Start date(s):
15 Jan 2018
2 years
Level 7
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Awarded by:
Open University
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£2400 per year



The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) is ideal if you wish to teach in the lifelong learning sector such as a further education college, sixth form, an adult and community education setting or training in the workplace.
You will gain the essential skills and knowledge to enable you to teach and will study an overview of educational theory, in addition to the wider issues affecting the education and training sector. You will also gain practical skills through your teaching practice in an education or training environment.



  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of teachers, trainers and tutors practising in the Lifelong Learning sector and to evaluate your own position in this.
  • Develop from foundation to more advanced skills in planning learning, teaching and assessment strategies for groups of learners and individual learners.
  • Develop the skills of reflective practice to continually improve your own learning and practice.
  • Assess own levels of key skills and plan for future improvement via the development of an individual learning plan.
  • Engage with fellow subject specialist peers to create innovative resources to share across the partnership.
  • Explore and respond to issues associated with inclusive practice.
  • Explore the concept of continuing professional development and to evaluate the importance of this for teachers, trainers and tutors who are in the full teaching role and who are practising in the Lifelong Learning sector.
  • Explore issues associated with wider professional practice, such as quality assurance systems and procedures and quality improvement.
  • Explore the role of being a professional within the sector.


  • Introduction to Education and Training – Level 5 (20 credits)
  • Pedagogy in the Specialist Subject – Level 5 (20 credits)
  • Policies, Theories and Research in Learning and Teaching – Level 5 (20 credits)
  • Preparing for Professional Practice – Level 6 (30 credits)
  • Curriculum Design, Policy and Perception in Education – Level 6 (30 credits).

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Monday:6.00pm-9.00pm*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught through seminars, lectures and interactive workshops. Taught sessions from visiting specialist lectures will be provided, where appropriate.

Tutors delivering the module will demonstrate models of good practice with regard to teaching/learning to accommodate a range of individual learning needs and learning styles. Students will access self-study resource materials – media and internet usage. Students will receive written and oral feedback to enable the improvement of future work.

Students will develop an individual learning plan to help plan and monitor own performance both academic and teaching practice skills.

  • Observations of experienced practitioners.
  • Reflection on practice.
  • VLE, email and online resources.
  • Practice mentor.
  • Teaching practice.
  • Simulations/training classes.
  • Training video/clips.
  • Peer learning/feedback.
  • Development of employability skills.
  • Case studies.
  • Working with colleagues.

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods that include: individual learning plan, reflective teaching portfolio, observations of practice, micro teaching, reflections, evaluations, essay, report and participation at a conference. 

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Certificate in Education/ PGCE course handbook

The Certificate in Education is the initial teacher training qualification for the post-compulsory and training sector. Click below to view your course handbook.



What next?

You could progress to a degree in Education and Training at New College Durham or a university. This would then enable you to access PGCE for primary school teaching or a master’s degree. Alternatively you could pursue a career teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

What else?

This course is delivered by an experienced education team, from a range of subject backgrounds. Tutorial support is an important feature of this course.

Interview Instructions

Following completion of an application form, applicants will be invited to attend an interview in college with a member of the Education team.

Applicants are required to bring to the interview: certificates for all qualifications including GCSE Maths and English.

Entry Criteria

  • Employed or volunteer as a full or part-time teacher in post-16 education or training (a part-time teacher will be expected to have a regular teaching commitment of 40 hours in Year 1 and 60 hours in Year 2.
  • Hold an Honours Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • Working at a minimum of Level 2 in written and spoken English.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level from a relevant qualification, it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules.