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Professional Doctorate in PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training

  • Full or part time
    Full time & Part time available
  • Course fees
    £9250 for 2017 entry
  • Course Disciplines
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  • Course Duration
    1 year full-time
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About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description


This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). This includes further education, adult education, work-based training and community education.

You will acquire the necessary skills to work as a teacher in PCET by undertaking practice-based placements as well as course work.

You'll benefit from our strong partnerships, as well as learning from expert teaching staff and professionals in the workplace. We have a national reputation for our teaching education, which prepares trainees to tackle teaching in a challenging 21st century environment.

Trainees learn in a productive, modern and supportive learning environment at the faculty and can take advantage of sophisticated facilities and resources.


  • 97 per cent of our graduates were in graduate-level employment or further study six months after their course according to the 2014/15 DLHE survey report.
  • You get a nationally-recognised qualification, making you eligible for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS).
  • We have partnership arrangements with most of the large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units and a number of training agencies and private providers.
  • Full-time trainees undertake at least 150 hours of teaching in their main subject area and are all supported by a subject specialist mentor.


All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website using the following codes for subject specialisms. You can apply with any first degree. Contact us if you're not sure which subject umbrella your undergraduate degree fits into.

  • 2V7X - PCET with specialism in Arts, Media and Perform
  • 2V7Y - PCET with specialism in English, Literacy and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • 2V83 - PCET with specialism in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2V84 - PCET with specialism in Maths and Numeracy
  • 2V85 - PCET with specialism in Science and Technology

Visit the PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Jemima Wairia

1591.JPG I chose the PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training course at Birmingham City University because it offered me a lot of flexibility. I was able to choose whether I wanted to do a Level 6 or 7 PGCE and I also had the option of choosing to teach Prison Education as part of my placement. Coming from a criminology background, the link the University has with the Offender Learning institution was very attractive.

I find the workshops most enjoyable, especially when we have guest speakers. The workshops are all divided according to subject specialisms and are a good way of showing continuous professional development (CPD).

The relationship I have with my tutors is excellent. Everyone is treated as a professional and we are not seen as students or trainees. The support from my tutors is excellent – I meet regularly with my personal development tutor, as well as the course director. They are easy to get hold of and are always there should times get tough.

Currently, I am on work placement at HMP Winson Green for three days a week. Prior to being offered a place at Birmingham City University I opted for Prison Education and, together with my peers who had chosen this route we were taken for a visit to the prison.

The library on City North Campus is very up to date and has all the resources you could need, especially for students studying teaching. I also like the Students’ Union as it gives students the opportunity to get together. I am a member of the Christian Union and have been since joining the University.

In terms of my future, for the time being I would like to remain teaching in Prison Education for a while longer. My long-term goal is to do a Master’s and progress into teaching in Higher Education.

I would advise students to make sure that teaching is really what they want to do before taking on this course. I’d also recommend you create a good rapport with your mentor whilst on placement – this could be something taken into account if they decide to employ you. Finally, make the most of your tutors’ help and support, keep in touch with other classmates and share teaching ideas with other students and teachers.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at lower Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent. The content of your previous experience and education should provide the necessary foundation for work as a teacher.At the point of application to the course, it is also necessary to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics. Please note we do not accept Level 2 in numeracy or literacy as an equivalent.

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