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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).

The University of Westminster is closing the course from July 2016 and will only be running Year 2 through its partner colleges. 

We work together with five colleges in Greater London, each of which offers the second year of the 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.

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:

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

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