University of Bolton: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ Art, Creative Practice and Performance (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Professional))

InstitutionUniversity of Bolton View institution profile
Department Education and Teacher Training
Telephone 01204 903903
Study type Taught


Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a creative or performance subject and wish to teach people aged 14 and over? If you want to inspire and educate others in your specialist subject, this nationally-recognised teaching qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing in further and higher education, work-based learning, pre-employment training and more.

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, and it’s not limited to schools. Further education and sixth form colleges, adult and community education, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning are also environments where talented teachers are needed. If you’re already qualified in an area such as art and design, special effects, dance, theatre, or performing arts, then this course offers you the skills and knowledge needed to teach your specialist subject to people aged 14 and above.

This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of your specialist subject and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

1 course option

Qualification Professional Graduate Certificate in Education - PGCE (Professional)
Level RQF Level 6
Entry requirements

You must have at least a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject that is related to art, creative practice or performance; for instance, Art and Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Art, Performing Arts, or Dance. If your degree is not from a recognised UK higher education institution advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability.

If you have an HND, Foundation Degree or DipHE, then you will need to look at the Generic pathways. Please see our CertEd Certificate in Education 14+ (Generic) course details.

If you have an Upper Second Class (2:1) or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent), please see our Master’s level PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ (Art, Creative Practice and Performance).

You’ll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. This will involve written diagnostic tests for English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy, a short oral presentation and a face-to-face interview. You’ll also need to provide a portfolio of evidence of your practical subject relevant skills.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.

If English isn't your first language you'll also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you don't have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent) by applying for our English Foundation Programme.


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course:

Preparation for Education and Training
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Integrating English and Maths in Teaching and Learning
Professional Specialist Research Project
Professionalism and Quality in the Specialist Curriculum
Specialist Professional Practice Portfolio
Teaching, Learning and Assessing

Location Main Site
Deane Road

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