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Postgraduate Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education & Training)

Macclesfield College

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Macclesfield College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


The overall purpose of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Post 14 (Education and Training) programme is to develop outstanding teachers for the UK Further Education and Skills sector, as well as for Post-14 education in other settings. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification is a highly respected qualification and is a recognised passport into teaching in the sector.

The qualification is awarded by the University of Derby (recognised both locally and nationally as an outstanding provider. It will be delivered at Macclesfield College by an experienced team of teacher educators.

The programme is suitable for graduates seeking to become fully qualified teachers of learners aged 14 and above in the Post-14 sector, and other educational settings. It is designed for in-service trainees already working in the sector in a paid or voluntary* capacity.

*Where this is the case you will need to find your own suitable setting within which to undertake your voluntary teaching practice (which will be checked by the college). We may be to facilitate teaching practice opportunities at Macclesfield College, but this cannot be guaranteed.

There is a minimum requirement of 100 teaching hours which need to be completed over the 2 years.

A key aim of the programme is the development of effective, autonomous, reflective practitioners, who achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners with whom they work.

The programme is a professional teacher education course that allows trainees to apply for and achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills) status via a period of Professional Formation overseen by the Society for Education and Training (SET). Once QTLS has been achieved trainees are ‘fully qualified’ as teachers. The course prepares trainees for the practical demands of teaching in the Post-14 sector, as well as for 14-19 education in other settings, in a Level 7, 120-credit programme.

The level 7 modules provide credits sufficient to access the Master’s in Education programme at the University of Derby (should you wish to go on to further study.

Upon completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) graduates will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status via the Society for Education and Training.

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University information

Macclesfield College

  • Campus address

    Macclesfield College, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LF, England

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