Course Comparison

Course PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training) Certificate Advanced Counselling Studies
Award Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Certificate
Duration 1 year 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time, Part-time route available
Placement (with placements) -
Location Plymouth Cornwall College
Provider Plymouth Institute of Education Cornwall College
Entry requirements

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.