Suffolk New College
West Suffolk College
Full-time: One year pre-service
Part-time: Two years in-service
Please see Entry Requirements below.
This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.
The Certificate in Education and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, sixth form colleges, schools, adult education, prison education, higher education, and a wide range of other education and training settings.
The courses are available to graduates and to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications and can be studied pre-service (1 year full-time) or in-service (2 years part-time).
The pre-service course, one year full time, is offered at University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College and University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and will benefit those who wish to obtain a teaching qualification before seeking employment. Attendance on the pre service course is required two days a week in college plus further days allocated for placement. Please note, placements for applicants in the pre-service route will be arranged by the university and any offer of a place will be conditional upon successful completion of an interview at the placement site.
The in-service course, two year part-time, is offered at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College and will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment. Attendance on the in-service course is one morning (Suffolk New College) or one afternoon and evening (West Suffolk College) per week. Please contact the Course Leaders at your chosen College to confirm exact days and times.
The course is designed to develop a range of skills and knowledge required of a professional teacher in a post 16 environment. The course places a significant emphasis on participants developing the appropriate skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the learner. The fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging participants to effectively link theory to practice. Successful completion of the course is determined by continuous assessment.
The course is designed to encourage students to engage in activities which are directly related to their own teaching context. Students are assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each individual module. It is a requirement that all students pass the practical teaching elements of the course. Participants will be observed teaching in their normal teaching context and formally assessed a number of times throughout the programme.
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Useful reading for this course
Wilson, L. (2014) Practical Teaching: A Guide to Teaching in The Education and Training Sector (2nd edition). Cengage Learning. UK
Gravells, A. (2017) Principles and Practices of Teaching and Training. Sage. London, UK.
Petty, G. (2014) Teaching Today: A Practical Guide (5th edition). OUP. Oxford, UK.
Bates, B. (2015) Learning Theories Simplified. Sage. London, UK.
Hendrick, C. & Macpherson, R. (2017) What does this look like in the classroom? John Catt Educational. Suffolk, UK.
Further information about the University's relationship with the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and Ofsted is available in the PSRB register.
This programme has been developed to match the Education and Training Foundation standards and meet the DfE and OfSTED requirements for new teachers in this sector.
The programme consists of six modules*:
- Introduction to Teaching
- Monitoring Progress of Learners
- Professional Practice 1
- Education in Context
- Teacher as Researcher
- Professional Practice 2
*New for September 2017
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £6,525 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,090 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information).
- International tuition fee: £6,570 p.a.
- 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
- Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance
At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
University of Suffolk covers the costs for:
- Examination fees
- Printing - students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. If required, additional printing is charged per sheet.
- All essential reading on the module reading lists can be found in West Suffolk College library as short term loan or e-book.
Prepare for the costs of:
- Parking (£2 per day)
- The library resources are wide ranging but should you need an inter-library loan there may be a charge please check this here Library Resources
- Essential texts £250
- Travel costs for visits to local organisations £30
- Visual aids to support presentations £10
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Applicants will require an honours degree or equivalent qualification. (NARIC certificates will be required for equivalent qualifications).
Certificate in Education
Applicants will require a Level 3 subject qualification, for example:
- Higher National Certificate or Diploma;
- Full City and Guilds Technological Certificate;
- Royal Society of Arts Advanced Award;
- G/NVQ III/IV Award;
- Other qualifications of equivalent standards to those listed above.
GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent Level 2 qualification) is also required.
All applicants will be required to attend interview at their chosen site (Suffolk New College or West Suffolk College). Interviews will consist of a pre-prepared presentation, an individual interview, group discussion and written tasks.
Also see How to Apply.
Any offer of a place will be subject to:
- a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- an appropriate teaching placement and subject specific mentor.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.