Course: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) /Certificate in Education

Study Level

Level 5

Level 6


Great Yarmouth Campus

The Place University Centre


2 Years



This course is due to be delivered at The Place University Centre opening in Great Yarmouth town centre.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, sixth form colleges, schools, adult education, prison education, higher education, and a wide range of other education and training settings.

The courses are available to graduates and to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications and can be studied in-service (two years part-time).

The in-service course, two year part-time, is offered at University of Suffolk at East Coast College and will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment. Attendance on the in-service course is one afternoon at our Great Yarmouth campus.

The course is designed to develop a range of skills and knowledge required of a professional teacher in a post 16 environment. The course places a significant emphasis on participants developing the appropriate skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the learner. The fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging participants to effectively link theory to practice. Successful completion of the course is determined by continuous assessment.

The course is designed to encourage students to engage in activities which are directly related to their own teaching context. Students are assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each individual module. It is a requirement that all students pass the practical teaching elements of the course. Participants will be observed teaching in their normal teaching context and formally assessed a number of times throughout the programme.

You can apply for this course on the University of Suffolk website to study at the East Coast College Great Yarmouth campus. Click ‘More Information’ to be taken to the full course and application page.


Applicants will require an honours degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants will also require a Level 3 subject qualification.


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