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Professional Certificate in Education (FE and Skills Sector) - Full Time

Course information

Course Summary

The Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) at Nescot is a full time (Pre-Service) one year course validated by the University of Greenwich. This course is meant to provide individuals with a professional teaching qualification, in particular those without a degree but having a professional or vocational competency qualification at Level 3 or above and who would like to teach students aged 14 years or older learners.

Course Code:N6719
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Higher Ed
Awarded by:University of Greenwich
Course Length

One-year, full time course comprising 12 hours (2 days) college attendance on a Thursday and Friday and 3 days teaching practice per week, for 30 weeks.

Start Date: September 2022

Course Detail


The PCE incorporates the mandatory modules for teaching qualifications and additional modules to support your continued professional development. The full list of modules is:

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Managing Behaviours in the Learning Environment
  • Theories and Principles of Learning
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Developing Subject Specialist Resources
  • Action Research
  • Curriculum Development in Practice


The course includes both formative and summative assessments and practice is assessed by lesson observations. All modules are assessed via coursework and aim to facilitate professional development. The qualification is awarded with a pass, merit or distinction classification.

Students on a NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

You can download a full programme specification here

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23 Entry

Annual Fees: £7,500*

* Exam fees included.

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education funding available)

Full fee information here

Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Teacher Trainees without a portable DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check are required to undergo a DBS. A charge of £52 is levied at enrolment. Full time students are able to add the cost of the DBS to their student maintenance loan.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to hold a professional or vocational qualification at level 3 or above and an English GCSE grade 4 or above, or equivalent. There is no formal entry requirement for numeracy or IT, however, support will be available for students wishing to achieve level 2 in both these areas by the end of the qualification.

In addition to meeting the entry requirements you will need to complete one of the scenarios below to discuss at interview. If you are from a SEND setting please complete the SEND scenario.

Your Next Steps

This award will fully qualify students to teach post 14 and in the FE and Skills Sector.

There are opportunities for further higher education study to acquire a full degree.

Other Information

Course Leader:
Judith Lawler - jlawler@nescot.ac.uk 0208 394 3307

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Last updated - 15.10.21