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Cardiff University: Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) (PGCE)

Institution Cardiff University
Department School of Social Sciences
Telephone 029 208 70084
Study type Taught


The Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) full-time programme lasts one academic year and runs over two semesters – autumn and spring. The Programme starts September and ends in June.

The programme is organised into three distinct operational parts.

  • Part one: University based learning interspersed with workplace orientation - induction and initial teacher training in preparation for teaching practice.

  • Part two: College placement classroom based teaching practice.

  • Part three: Presentation and debrief of professional practice and your learning

Distinctive features

This programme provides the opportunity to:

  • Interrogate the literature surrounding teaching and learning and establish the theory-practice connection.

  • Explore the ways in which policy imperatives, awarding body requirements, quality regimes, institutional and individual factors shape provision and practice.

  • Examine the complexities of the psychological and sociological foundations of teaching and learning and apply to professional practice.

  • Critically analyse the impact of traditional ideologies on the development of teaching/training practice and the political drivers affecting classroom practice and provision

  • Systematically examine the need for planning and demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the techniques involved in the design, development, delivery, assessment and evaluation of learning.

  • Critically evaluate the effects of policy imperatives on teaching and learning.

We're committed to delivering programmes that are innovative and relevant, providing the best learning outcomes and career prospects for our students. In light of this, we're currently reviewing some elements of this programme. As such, the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. You can still apply now. We'll update this page and contact all offer holders when the review is complete to confirm any changes.

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