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Education, Training and Skills (Certificate / Professional Graduate Diploma)

  • Course Type: Professional Certificate/Diploma
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Completion of this qualification will enable successful students to apply for the professional status of Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS), with the Society for Education and Training.

Who is it for?

This course provides high-quality teacher training for practising and aspiring teachers and trainers in the education, training and skills sector, including further education and adult training.

The course will enable you to develop your effectiveness as a teacher and facilitate your self-development as a reflective practitioner with training that is flexible, supportive, challenging and rewarding.

The course offers a specialist English or mathematics strand if you wish to work specifically in these areas and you will require a Level 3 English or mathematics qualification (e.g. A-level).

The course is delivered through a variety of methods and you will be encouraged to think critically and form a community of practice. Therefore discussion is a core element of the delivery, together with practical activities and seminar-based learning.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of delivery and assessment tools including digital techniques. Developmental observations of your teaching by your tutor and mentor are an essential feature of the course and contribute to the overall assessment.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

This qualification is awarded by Bishop Grosseteste University and delivered by University Centre Peterborough.


What is covered?

For the Certificate, you will study 30 credits at level 4 and 90 credits at level 5 (a total of 120 credits). For the Professional Graduate Diploma, you will study 120 credits at Level 6. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for part-time students:

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the Education and Training Sector (30 credits)
  • Responsive Teaching in the Education and Training Sector (30 credits)

Year two for part-time students:

  • Professional Engagement in the Education and Training Sector (30 credits)
  • Teaching a Specialist Subject in the Education and Training Sector (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You must meet the following entry requirements:

Applicants are required to have access to a minimum of 100 hours teaching over two years with no fewer than 50 hours in one year.

For the Certificate, typically you will have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A-level / BTEC) in the subject(s) that you intend to teach.
For the Professional Graduate Diploma, typically you must hold a UK first degree.
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An enhanced DBS check is required.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

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The tuition fees for part-time students will be £2,500 per year.There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee. 

Part-time: 2 years (1 evening a week over two semesters per year)

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