Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with English and Literacy) (Cert Ed, PGCE, ProfGCE)

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The award
Cert Ed, PGCE, ProfGCE

How long you will study
1 year

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About Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with English and Literacy) at Nottingham Trent University

Post-Compulsory and English teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with English or Literacy subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector.

The awards meet the national professional standards, determined by the Learning Skills Improvement  Service (LSIS) and allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed your course. QTLS has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

How you're taught

Teaching experience

We will only accept students if we believe we can provide a relevant placement opportunity, or if you have an appropriate agreed placement arranged prior to applying.

Full-time study
Teaching practice is undertaken three days a week (a minimum of 150 hours of teaching) over the duration of the course. During their time in the host college students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from that college who is a specialist in English or Literacy. University sessions are held one day a week.

Part-time study
Teaching practice is undertaken one day a week over the duration of the programme. During their time in the host college/centre students are supported by a mentor - a member of staff from that centre who is a specialist in English or Literacy. University sessions are held one day a week, with some directed study days within the year. This path is ideal for students who wish to work or have other commitments whilst on the course.

Careers and employability

The post-compulsory education sector covers a multitude of different educational environments including:

  • colleges of further education
  • community learning and development centres
  • places of work
  • adult education centres
  • libraries, archives and information services
  • private training organisations
  • sixth form colleges
  • prisons and young offender institutions
  • voluntary and charity organisations
  • universities.

On gaining the award, students typically pursue a career in one of these areas teaching as English or Literacy lecturers or tutors within their specialist field.

QTLS is completed post-qualification and within your employing institution through professional formation, which involves you demonstrating your skills and knowledge in your professional practice. Applications are made by you through the Society for Education and Training and the time frame for completion is determined by your individual circumstances.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

For the Prof GCE / PGCE

For the Cert Ed

Other requirements:

Basic knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an advantage.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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