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Post Compulsory Education Professional Graduate Certificate

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education course has been developed and approved to meet the national Education and Training Foundation Standards (ETF) for teachers working in the Life Long Learning Sector. The course has been devised by the University of Wolverhampton and its partner colleges, with a view to providing a coherent course of study, which enables teachers to be able to reflect upon and develop within their teaching role. The Lifelong Learning Sector includes teaching professional and vocational qualifications in colleges, sixth form colleges, adult education centres, offender education, private training providers and work-based learning.
Benefits: This course provides the theoretical knowledge and practical support needed to gain the accreditation of a highly regarded initial teacher training qualification.

Course Content:
Year 1 (Level 5)
– Principles and Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
– Professional Development 1
– Subject Specific Studies

Year 2 (Level 6)
– Curriculum, Policy and Practice
– Professional Development 2
– Subject Specialism and E-Learning

Course Length: The course will be offered on a part-time day basis over two years.
The tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 is £3,050. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 6 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
Matthew Boulton College
Next Start Date
Course Length
60 weeks

Entry Requirements

There are a number of ways entry to this course can be accepted. Please see attached programme specification for full details.

Delivery and Assessment

Continuous assessment – through assignments, research projects, teaching practice and presentations.


The University of Wolverhampton has devised a range of post-graduate awards which allow progression from the Professional Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education qualification.

Career Opportunities

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Trainers