03.07.2020— We are open for enquiries throughout the summer and are working to enable the safe opening of the campus for all students from September 2020. The campus will be closed each Friday until Friday 14th August, but phone lines will still be open. Read more

In-Service Certificate and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) (Part-Time)

Level: Level 4, (Cert Ed) Level 5, (Prof Grad) Level 6 and (Post Grad) Level 7
Duration: 2 years (part-time)
Awarded by: University of Huddersfield
2020-21 Fees : £3660

This webpage provides further details on the part-time PGCE qualification for teaching in the lifelong learning sector. Follow this link for the Foundation Degree in Learning Support, designed to support those currently in, or hoping to gain, teaching assistant roles.

What is this course about?

The Certificate in Education/Professional and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education are awards of the University of Huddersfield. On this course, you'll have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, and the ability to identify your ongoing needs for professional development. The course helps to prepare you for playing a full part in the teaching, administrative, and curriculum development activities in colleges and in other education and training organisations.

Why study this course

This is a two year part-time programme running for the full academic year, based on attending evening sessions. The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

What will I study?

The course is divided into modules, each addressing a different aspect of teaching and learning which will be supported by individual tutors and by a virtual learning environment.*

Year One:

  • Research informed Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Becoming a subject specialist tutor

Year Two:

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)

  • Policy and Professional issues
  • Being a subject specialist tutor

PGCE (Professional and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education)

  • Policy and Professional issues
  • Being a subject specialist tutor

*Please note, modules may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements

Attendance at the Subject Specialist Conference at the University of Huddersfield is also a course requirement.

The focus of this course is on practical teaching. You'll have the opportunity to gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors and work-based mentors. You'll be supported to develop the necessary skills to become an outstanding teacher. You'll be taught through a wide range of teaching and learning methods and there's a wide range of assessment activity including the creation of resources to support learning, seminars, lectures and presentations. Observations are an integral part of the course.

Facilities and Equipment

Selby College has a dedicated HE room, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely.

What can I do after the course?

Successful students may wish to undertake further professional qualifications such as a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in Education and Professional Development or a Masters programme in Education or Learning and Development.

Who is this course aimed at?

If you're already working as a teacher or trainer (either paid or voluntary) at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-16 sector) and looking to progress your career, then this course may be for you. This could include teaching in further education, adult education, offender learning, local government, health services, police, the armed forces or for private trainers.

Entry requirements

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year). Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances.

You should hold a Level 3 qualification in the subject you wish to teach, and those wishing to qualify for the Professional Graduate Certificate should also have a UK first degree in a specialist area. For those with a degree there may be an opportunity to undertake a Master's Level Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

You should have relevant work experience in some specialist subject areas which would normally be at least two years’ experience in your vocational area, although not necessarily in a teaching/training role

In addition you must also:

  • provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
  • provide one satisfactory reference
  • complete a satisfactory interview
  • identify a work-based mentor who can support you in your subject specialism

Whilst not essential, it is highly desirable that you have a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths [e.g. GCSE, 'O' Level, Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy].

Further Information


This short video, produced by our PGCE team, gives a great overview of the course and the support you'll receive throughout:

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the College by downloading an application pack from the HE Homepage.

Tuition Fee loans are available from the Student Loan Company for most students - see www.slc.co.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/student-finance for more details.

For more information about the course, Higher Education fees/funding and the application process, please contact Selby College Higher Education Office on 01757 211114 or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk.

Level: Level 4, (Cert Ed) Level 5, (Prof Grad) Level 6 and (Post Grad) Level 7
Duration: 2 years (part-time)
Awarded by: University of Huddersfield
2020-21 Fees : £3660

Course Handbook

Application Form

Course Enquiry