Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Professional Certificate in Education (PCE)

University of Greenwich

Students on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education course study on a two year, part time basis at Kingston College and gain a lifelong learning teaching qualification on successful completion of the course. There are no formal examinations. The qualification is not suitable for those wishing to teach in primary or secondary education. This course is validated by the University of Greenwich.  

Introductory course information

Award: PGCE/PCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education/ Professional Certificate in Education)

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Location of study: Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: University of Greenwich

Course duration: 2 years (part-time, evening)

Academic year dates: September 2018 - June 2020

Days of the week: TBC

Part-time study: Please note that part-time study does not necessarily mean that the modules you take in Year 1 will equate to 2.5 full days' attendance. As part-time study could mean attendance of some modules that are on the full-time timetable, it may mean that you will be required to attend modules timetabled over five days of the week.

Teaching placements: Many of our students come from a range of schools and colleges with whom the College has well-established links. Students will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice over the two year course. Students are responsible for their own placement. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from work and the College, and for any accommodation costs.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Course leader: Anne Maloney

Entry requirements

  • A subject qualification at Level 4 or above (eg First Degree, HND) or a professional qualification at Level 3 or above, with at least three to five years' appropriate full time work experience in the field in which you wish to teach.
  • A good level of competence (Level 2 qualification) in written English is also required in accordance with the national guidelines on literacy levels in Initial Teacher Training.
  • Students will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice over the two year course. Students are responsible for their own placement.

Course overview

The award is made upon the accumulation of 120 units, comprising 60 for each year of study. The programme has been constructed to provide a range of assessment methods to develop students' skills, to model different assessment practices and to provide opportunities for students to fulfil and demonstrate their potential. Each module will be formerly assessed and given formative feedback with a summative grade. Assessment methods for coursework include reflective writing, observations, essays, portfolios and presentations.

Module information

Modules studied include:

Year 1

  • Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion
  • Professional Development Portfolio Part 1
  • Lesson Plan Proforma
  • Scheme of Work Proforma

Year 2

  • Policy and Curriculum Issues
  • Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise
  • Professional Development Portfolio Part 2

Teaching and learning


You are taught through evening lectures, three hours per week - 6.00pm until 9.00pm.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £2,450


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

Upon completion of the course, students are able to apply for QTLS which has direct equivalence to QTS. Graduates have gained promotion, new posts or moved from a voluntary to a permanently employed teaching position.

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