Course Comparison

Course CertEd Certificate in Education (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training) PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training)
Award Certificate in Education - CertEd Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE
Duration 1 year 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (with placements) (with placements)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider Plymouth Institute of Education Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

    • A level three qualification (or be able to demonstrate suitable subject expertise and specialist knowledge) in the subject area you wish to teach.
    • GCSE English at A*-C and Maths at Grade G and above, or the equivalent in the National Test in adult literacy and numeracy.
    • Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills.

    Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

    If English is not your first language, you require: 

    • IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English language at grade C or above.

    English language requirements

    Non-academic Requirements

    All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

    You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

    An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

    There is a two-stage interview process for this course. The first stage is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format described in the link below. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.

    For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

    Academic requirements

    • Bachelors or masters degree in a relevant subject
    • GCSE English at grade C or above or a Level 2 equivalent
    • GCSE maths grade G or above, or a Level 1 equivalent
    • Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills

    Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

    If English is not your first language, you require: 

    • IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English language at grade C or above.
    • IELTS at level 6 and an undergraduate degree in the UK or IELTS at level 6.5 and a postgraduate degree in the UK.

    You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

    Non-academic Requirements

    All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

    Entry onto these programmes is conditional on the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor.

    An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

    There is a two-stage interview process for this course. The first stage is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format described in the link below. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.