• LevelLevel 6
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-14 education sector. This includes further education colleges, adult and community settings and training providers. The course is designed to meet the ETF Professional Standards and will equip you with a toolkit to teach adults and young people.

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Course Information

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  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Subject Specialism
  • Wider Professional Practice
  • Action Research Project


September - May or January - December

Entry requirements

  • You must have achieved an honours degree, 2:2 or higher in a relevant subject and GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent in English.
  • You should also hold a current and valid Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) dated within one year from the point of enrolment.
  • You must also have had a teaching practice placement that offers you a minimum of 100 hours over the duration of the course and a subject specific placement mentor.
  • Trainees should also complete a Level 2 qualification in mathematics before the end of the course if they do not already have this qualification.

Typically you are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals, teaching portfolios, and observations of your teaching practice.

On completion of this course you will have a PGCE which will allow you to gain employment in the post-14 education sector.

Fees payable direct to Middlesbrough College, £2,100 per year.

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Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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