Department of Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Pedagogy and Practice

The PGCE in Pedagogy and Practice offers those on a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) training course the opportunity to gain accreditation for their professional practice and engagement with pedagogy. Unlike other PGCE awards, this part-time course is not linked to a specific subject or age phase. It explores the core expectations of teachers, their ability to plan a curriculum and to evaluate impact and their engagement with the theory which underpins successful practice.

Typical candidates are those on a school-centred Initial Teacher Education (QTS) training route, although applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The award is a progression route into the Education MA, and is also the type of academic recognition required by some international education systems.

What and how will I learn?

This course is designed to enable academic study alongside a full-time teacher training programme. You will have contact with university tutors by email and telephone, and be able to arrange individual tutorials at the University at mutually convenient times. You will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and lectures should that fit with your school-based programme and/or teaching commitments.

You will be registered as a part-time postgraduate student of the University of Sussex and, as such, will have access to library resources and also online resources via a virtual learning environment.

NOTE: You must be registered by late October to study on this course. Contact us for the exact deadline.

The course is divided into three core modules:

  1. Professional Practice

    Recognising the practical teaching skills you need to develop by drawing on your own practice and ongoing training

  2. Curriculum Studies

    Via school-based research, you will develop your own understandings of specific pedagogy

  3. Professional Knowledge for Schools

    Linked to Teachers' Standards. You will examine national priorities in education in the UK and how they inform professional identity.


Each module aims to celebrate the growth of professional knowledge through a diverse range of assessment. You will produce written reports on school-based research and prepare and present a professional portfolio. You will also be assessed externally and your professional practice will be recognised and taken into account.

The award

Studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) award enables you to acquire up to 60 Masters level credits via written assignments and the presentation of directed tasks through a Viva Voce at the end of the course. If you are approved for enrolment and successfully complete the course, you will receive a generic PGCE award at the end of your period of study. With 60 academic credits, you will be able to progress to a Masters course if you wish to undertake further academic study. Your 60 credits constitute a third of those necessary to achieve an Education MA, for instance.

Am I eligible?

You must be a graduate of an approved institute of higher education (such as a university) and be a trainee teacher working in the UK. If applying as an individual, you must also hold a QTS certificate, or if with a SCITT, be registered on a non-award-bearing course which leads to QTS and involves a period of professional practice of not less than 120 days.

Applications must be submitted via your SCITT or directly to the University. Please complete the Pedagogy & Practice Application Form.

The fee for this course is available on request