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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)


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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Fielden Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


If you are passionate about a career in teaching and learning and want to work in the lifelong learning sector, this is the ideal qualification for you. Whether your interest lies in teaching in a college, training provider, charity, prison, school or specialist school, this course will help you towards achieving your goals.

You should be highly motivated, determined and have strong interest in education and related subjects and be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team. You should have good time management skills as you will have to manage both the study and teaching elements of the course.

This course is an award of the University of Huddersfield and is an ideal route for you to work towards being a fully-qualified teacher and to help you to gain the full professional status for teachers in Lifelong Learning (QTLS).

How will I be assessed?

Class attendance is required for one day per week in year one of the course and half-a-day per week in year two. You will also be expected to engage with our online virtual learning environment (VLE) to help you make good progress in your studies.

The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on specialist areas in lifelong learning throughout your course. In addition, you are required to complete at least 50 hours of teaching per year.

Examples of assessments include:
• Micro teach to peers
• Personal skills presentation
• Written assignments of between 1500-3000 words, including essays, reports and reflective journals
• Personal Development Plan identifying skills development and areas to improve
• Teaching observations, evaluations and reflections
• Specialist conference paper supported by an online subject specialist tutor
• Self and peer assessment.

You may have the opportunity to study a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Advanced PGCE).

In the second year of your course, you will also attend a two-day specialist conference at The University of Huddersfield, where you will present your specialist conference paper to your peers.

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University information


  • Campus address

    Manchester College (The), Ashton Old Road, Manchester, MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER, M11 2WH, England

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