Course Details

How long is the course?

You will study for two years part-time. Attendance is one twilight session (normally run 3.00pm-7.00pm) per week.

What qualification will I achieve?

You will achieve one of the following qualifications:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Lifelong Learning)

What will I study?

If you are interested in teaching in the lifelong learning sector, our courses enable you to develop your teaching skills, reflect on current ideas about education and training, and explore the professional educational and training opportunities open to you. It is not designed to train teachers for the school sector and does not confer Qualified Teacher Status; however it provides a route to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Much of the course is focused on the experience of practical teaching. You gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals with support from tutors at the University, as a vehicle for your professional development. We help you to find a suitable placement.

Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning, teaching and learning, and in working with students both in formal classrooms and in student-centred learning situations, such as drop-in study centres.

During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

We aim to equip you with:

  • The confidence and practical skills necessary to manage a variety of learning situations
  • The knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate the place of your skills in the general context of Further and Higher Education
  • The ability to identify your present and future needs for professional development
  • The ability to play a full part in the administrative and curriculum development activities of colleges or training organisations.

You study the following modules:

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject
  • Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues

More generally, we aim to produce teachers who are flexible and innovative, who can work as members of interdisciplinary teams and who have a deep interest in the academic and pastoral well-being of their students.

Where will I study?

University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will require stationery items.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations; assessment is by portfolio or assignment.

What can I do next?

Career opportunities are as wide ranging and diverse as the sector. Many students who are awarded the PGCE go onto further study.

How do I apply?

Apply directly to the University of Huddersfield.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £2,995 per year

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need.

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or e-mail

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