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

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

Bishop Grosseteste University

course overview

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 30 students.

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

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.

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.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one evening a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

When studying part-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 3 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 15 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the year and you will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by observed teaching practice, which forms part of the assessment for 3 of the 4 modules. You will also complete a range of coursework and practical activities, for example written, oral and research tasks.

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

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.

The modules in the course link directly to teaching practice and provide you with the opportunity to develop your confidence and skills over the two year period.

Karen Fell

“I am the Course Leader for the FdA Professional Studies (Early Childhood and Education pathways) and Education, Training and Skills (Certificate/Professional Graduate Diploma) at University Centre Peterborough.

I have delivered the courses at the Stamford Campus since 2011 and during that time, I also deliver and lead FdA modules on the Early Childhood, Education and Children & Youthwork pathways at Bishop Grosseteste University.

The lecturing team for the FdA Professional Studies includes experts from the early years and primary education sectors, with additional experience in community-based projects; we each deliver modules which relate to our subject specialisms. The team share a commitment to delivering memorable learning experiences, in addition to instilling curiosity and a love of learning in those who study with us. The result is true a community of learning.

My personal passion is practitioner research, and I am delighted that the final module of the FdA enables students to experience the process of creating meaning through the application of research techniques.

Prior to teaching, I was the hands-on proprietor of childcare settings, working with children aged from birth to eight years in nurseries and primary schools. As a result, I am able to bring my experience to FdA modules covering children’s development, inclusive practice, children’s rights, and the philosophy and policy which guide contemporary practice in the education of young children.”


MA Education
BA (Hons) Children and Youthwork
Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Factors influencing student retention in further education. (2017). Social Publishers Foundation.

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.


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

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.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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