Professional and short courses

CertEd/PGCE Diploma in Education and Training

Campus: Marylebone

Location: Marylebone

The Certificate in Education (CertEd) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) are the full teaching qualifications normally required for teachers to work in the post-16 sector (further education colleges and adult and community education centres). They are the same but one is for graduates and one for non-graduates. They are also known as the Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

Our course is taught by subject specialists from the Teacher Education Consortium, which is a dynamic and collaborative partnership specialising in initial teacher training for the post-compulsory sector (also known as further education (FE) and the lifelong learning sector (LLS)). We work together with eight colleges in Greater London, each of which offers the same CertEd and PGCE. These are both DET courses, eventually leading to Qualified Teacher Status, Learning and Skills (QTLS), which now has parity with QTS in secondary schools.

Who is this course for?

  • Non-graduates:
    If you study for the Certificate in Education, you get a university qualification worth 120 credits. This means that you're part way to a degree. If you want to become a graduate you can use your CertEd credits and go on to complete a Master's programme.
  • Graduates:
    You have already experienced higher education. You'll be used to thinking at higher education level, and you need a course that can stimulate you and draw on the higher-level thinking skills and research techniques you have developed.

Course content

This course will help you develop more effective classroom techniques and allow you to choose better techniques and resources suitable for classes in adult education.

We believe that the best teacher training comes from combining the expertise of experienced professionals with the insights and broad understanding that come from research and scholarship.

Our curriculum and resources are designed by university and college staff who are leading experts in the field of lifelong learning and will ensure that your training is up to date, relevant and practical.

Our staff and researchers have published books, chapters, journal articles and conference papers on the lifelong learning sector. They aim to work at the cutting edge of this subject, focusing on inquiry learning as well as on professional discussions of observed teaching practice, to show the impact of your teaching on your learners.


 Download the course leaflet to find out more about modules and exemptions as well as student testimonials.

We're part of a Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector – there are only ten of these in England.

Ofsted has awarded the Consortium a Grade 2 (Good) overall and a Grade 1 (Outstanding) for leadership and management. The report has highlighted key strengths in our CertEd/PGCE provision:

  • the outstanding leadership in the University and across the partnership that has led to the recent rapid improvements in the outcomes for trainees
  • the extremely collaborative and effective partnership that enables new ways of training to be tested, evaluated and applied across the partnership, and that has led to significant improvements in the quality of training
  • the complementary nature of feedback from tutors and specialist mentors that supports trainees’ progress very well
  • trainees’ excellent relationships with their learners and the way that their teaching promotes good behaviour and attitudes to learning
  • trainees’ willingness to try out new approaches to teaching and learning, and the way the training encourages and supports them to do this
  • the professional credibility trainees have with their learners because of their specialist knowledge, expertise and experience
  • the responsiveness of the University and partnership in meeting the needs of further education and skills providers in the region for teachers with particular skills, such as in the introduction of the specialist modules and routes

Finally, the Quality Assurance Agency also praised the way that we facilitate close collaboration and staff development among our partner colleges.


During this course you'll have access to a superb range of resources during this course at your fingertips, including:

  • course materials
  • latest research
  • library books and journals

You can also participate in the University of Westminster’s Symposium on Learning and Teaching, and take part in a research conference led by the University.

Owing to the nature of the courses, applicants need to be sufficiently experienced or qualified before they start.

Pre-course assessments, group and individual interview tasks will be set to ensure that applicants have personal language skills and language knowledge to complete the course successfully.

For more details or how to enrol on the course, please contact your nearest consortium college:

Teacher Education and Mentoring blog

Visit our blog on education activities and research written by Rebecca Eliahoo, the Co-Director of the University of Westminster Partnership Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.

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The course is taught by subject specialists from the Teacher Education Consortium.

Please contact your nearest consortium college to find out more about this course:

Amersham & Wycombe College
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Harrow College
Newham College
Uxbridge College
West Thames College