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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education) Level 6 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This course starts in September 2023 and is studied over one year as a full-time programme

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject or substantial professional experience
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above or an equivalent qualification at Level 2 or above
  • Good information and communications (ICT) skills
  • You will need to undertake an interview with the Course Leader
  • You will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check
  • You must be deemed fit to teach


You will achieve

You will gain a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) in Post Compulsory Education. This qualification is validated by Leeds Trinity University.

Awarding Body

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Validated by Leeds Trinity University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

This course helps you develop the required skills, knowledge and professional values to be a highly effective teacher. You will have the option to work in Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult and community learning, independent training providers and prison education. With a large proportion of your time spent on placement, you’ll gain the real-world experience that you need to prepare you for a fulfilling career in education.

Course content

You are expected to complete 120 credits across the programme and be observed teaching on eight occasions.

You will complete the following modules as part of the programme:

  • Planning and Assessing Learning in the Post Compulsory Education Context
  • The Role of Theory and the Use of Evidence Informed Practice
  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Post Compulsory Education
  • Reflective Teaching Practice (1 and 2)

As a full-time trainee, you would be committed to a Monday-to-Friday week of academic and professional study, consisting of two full days per week of on-campus study, two days per week of professional practice placement (arranged by the College and agreed with you), as well as one day per week of independent study and research.

Your assessment will be a combination of assignments, practical teaching experience, observation records and reflective practice. You will need to demonstrate that you have developed the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to be a successful teacher.

You will need to provide a pen, paper, notepad or electronic device.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

What can I do next?
Upon completion of the programme you can:

  • Secure employment as a qualified teacher in post-compulsory education
  • Apply for QTLS with the Education and Training Foundation
  • Consider starting a Master’s Degree in an education-related subject

How much does the course cost?

£5,995 in total

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


If you’re undertaking an Access to Higher Education (HE) course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off, once you have fully completed both courses.

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education) Level 6 Full-time

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