University of Greenwich
PCE Further Education & Skills Sector PCE
University of Greenwich

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) will give you the skills to become a teacher in Further Education colleges.

We focus on teaching in a variety of settings, including colleges, adult education centres, and community organisations. The course develops your knowledge of pedagogy and helps you gain vital classroom management skills. For full-time students, we offer placements in a variety of subjects. These include animal care, art and design, beauty and hairdressing, catering, childcare, construction, leisure and tourism, humanities, photography and sport science.

We offer endorsements in the following subject areas, which is equivalent to a Level 5 Diploma in the teaching of the subject area:

  • Numeracy

  • Literacy

    *ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)

  • ESOL and Literacy

You will complete at least 100 hours of teaching experience (125 hours for ESOL and Literacy). For distance learning, you must be in a teaching/training role, and all practice is carried out in your setting.

We also offer QTLS in partnership with the Society of Education and Training (SET), making us the first provider to offer this in London.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of PCE Further Education & Skills Sector, PCE you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

In a relevant subject

We accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A Star Equivalency Testing.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join PCE Further Education & Skills Sector, PCE.


Tuition Fees PCE Further Education & Skills Sector PCE

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £14000 year 1

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2020/21 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2021/22 academic year.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich operates on government funding, and is based in London and Kent, England. The university’s main campus, the Old Royal Naval College, as well as its Avery Hill campus are located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in Greater London. Its satellite campus in Medway, Kent is part of a collaboration with the University of Kent.

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Where is this programme taught

University of Greenwich (Avery Hill Campus)
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