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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (non-QTS Online)

Looking to learn flexibly while achieving an award recognised in a range of educational settings? This acclaimed PGCE (non-QTS) programme is delivered online as a distance learning provision. It is a part-time programme which can be taken flexibly, on its own, or alongside part-time employment. The course is ideal for individuals who already work in an educational setting, looking to progress in their career.

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Course Overview

Drawn from the learning of our well-respected PGCE provision, this online course allows you to attain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Non-QTS) in a flexible learning framework. The two modules on this programme will enable you to critically analyse learning and teaching. In doing so you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories of learning and teaching and to reflect on their application in your chosen setting.

This incredibly flexible course is a unique option, perfect for people already working in an educational setting or looking to enter a career in this sector. Moreover, it is complimentary for those undertaking or who have completed an alternative route into teaching, such as the QTS Direct Assessment Only route or the SCITT route. It is also a wonderful option to support career progression, for those currently employed or volunteering in an educational setting.

On this course you will...

  • Benefit from the flexibility of fully online course delivery.
  • Be supported by expert academics and staff on a programme designed around you.
  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.
  • Take a step forwards in your chosen education career path.
  • Utilise cutting edge research on a newly revalidated and up-to-date course.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The PGCE (non-QTS) comprises two fully online Masters Level modules: Raising the Achievement of Learners and Quality Teaching in Educational Settings. These two key elements make effective practitioners.

The first module, 'Raising the Achievement of Learners', aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the enabling factors and barriers that impact learners’ achievement. The second module, 'Quality teaching in Educational Settings', focuses on the principles of quality teaching, underpinned by research and learning theories. Both of these courses empower you to implement theoretical learning into real-world teaching contexts.


The two core modules will allow you to focus on the relevant theory, research and practice which will enhance your knowledge and understanding of key areas in educational contexts. The assessment methods have been specifically chosen for you to interweave this knowledge of theory, research and practice with the intention of impacting positively on the practice in your context. You will be given the chance to develop your academic writing skills for Level 7 and beyond.

Year one
  • PGCE7001 Raising the Achievement of Learners
    This module aims to develop your knowledge of the enabling factors and barriers that impact learners’ achievements.
  • PGCE7002 Quality Teaching in Educational Settings
    This module focuses on developing your understanding of the principles of Quality Teaching.

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