PgCE / ProfCE in Post compulsory Education and Training

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

This Professional Certificate of Education (PCET) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) is the qualification required to become a qualified lecturer in a further education college or other post-16 environment. Candidates must secure a teaching placement before they can start the programme. Learners that have a degree will complete the course with a PgCE PCET Professional Graduate Certificate in Education qualification. All others completing the programme will gain a ProfCE PCET Professional Certificate of Education. Both qualifications allow you to become a fully qualified teacher or lecturer in a FE or other post-compulsory education or training environment.

The Professional Certificate (ProfCE) Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) and the Professional Graduate Certificate (PgCE) Post Compulsory Education and Training (PcET) are currently being revised by the University of South Wales and due for re-validation early 2020.  Further details regarding each course will be available shortly.  Please contact the course tutor Dawn Latham  for further details.

What you will study

On the course you will study modules including:

  • Professional Development
  • Preparing to Teach
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Teaching and Subject Pedagogy
  • Innovation in Learning and Teaching
  • Enhanced Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • Essential Skills
  • Independent Study (allows you to specialise in an area of your own interest)

Preparing to Teach can be studied as a single standalone module (see linked course below)

The Preparing to Teach Module runs twice throughout the year for approximately 12-14 weeks, and is a taster course which has the potential to lead on to the full programme. Tutors employed within the FE sector will need to complete the full two-year programme.

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Course times

Cardiff - Thursday – 2.00pm – 7.30pm

Barry - Tuesday – 2.00pm – 7.30pm

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessments including practical assessments written assignments

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification in the subject that they are going to teach. It is essential that students secure a teaching placement before they start the course. For vocational subjects it is important to have at least 4 years industrial experience. For those people whose first language is not English, they must have an IELTs score of 6.5 or above. Five years commercial/industrial experience is required.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


What our students say
He Grad

I didn’t go to university but I’ve still reached my goal in a different way – I’m still in the same boat now and I can go onto teach and do what I really want to do.

Amy Andrews
Professional Certificate in Education (ProfCE) Graduate

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ