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Post Compulsory Education Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate 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 modules:
• Introduction to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
• Professional Development 1
• Subject Specific Studies 1

Year 2 modules:
• Curriculum Policy and Practice
• Professional Development 2
• Subject Specific Studies 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 2022-23 is £3,120.
Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Course Type
Higher Education Part-Time
James Watt 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 qualifications which allow progression from the Undergraduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education course to degrees and post-graduate awards.

Career Opportunities

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Trainers