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Suffolk New College

Full-time: One year pre-service 

Part-time:  Two years in-service

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Please see Entry Requirements below.

This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College in Ipswich.



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 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 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 (at Suffolk New College) per week. Please contact the Course Leader 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.

Course modules

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  


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


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £6,870 p.a.
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,145 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).
  • International tuition fee: £6,870 p.a.

Further Information

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.

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.


Entry requirements


Course Leader for PGCE/Cert Ed

Module Leader for PGCE/Cert Ed

Module Leader for PGCE/Cert Ed