Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PGCE – bursaries ranging from £12,000 to £26,000 available

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Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PGCE

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Located in the north-east of England, Sunderland benefits from the perfect combination of city and seaside living and is a friendly, diverse, and affordable place to live and study.

Our courses are career-focused and professions-facing, ensuring you have a head start in the workplace when you graduate. Many of our courses are co-designed by employers, affiliated to professional bodies and our lecturers are closely linked to their sectors. We also offer postgraduate conversion courses that enable you to start on a new career.

We’re pleased to be placed within the top 50 UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2023. We are proud to be recognised for the first time as a World Ranked University by The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2023.

Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) PGCE


The PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) is a professional teacher education course that will qualify you to teach in the post compulsory education and training sector.

This PGCE PCET course is designed for graduates with degrees from a wide range of subjects, including those not widely taught in secondary schools (such as sport science, health and social care, and dance). It will equip you with the necessary tools to teach adults and young people and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge in a way that helps others to fulfil their potential.

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an In-Service Part-Time PGCE (PCET).

Why us?

  • Teacher Training Subject Specialist support bursaries ranging from £12,000 to £26,000 are available
  • The course helps you to plan and teach lively, interesting and challenging lessons with confidence and expertise
  • You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team who are extremely research active and lead on a number of sector research projects
  • Unique opportunities are provided for you to work collaboratively to research and improve your teaching in ways employers really notice
  • The course is directly informed by both the national and international educational research and development work of the University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teaching Training (SUNCETT) team


The School of Education is based in Wearside View, one of our recently renovated buildings at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Wearside View features a number of spacious classrooms for teaching and learning, as well as a newly refurbished social space with its own balcony.

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s is positioned right next to Sunderland’s scenic riverside, and is just a short distance from both the city centre and beaches. The campus benefits from a variety of brilliant facilities, including its own library, IT resources, and several eating and drinking options.

Career ready

When you complete the PCET course, you will have a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training that will qualify you to teach in the PCET sector.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to employment within Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, training organisations, charities, universities, prison education, and community and adult organisations.

Following successful completion of the PCET course and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Find out more about this course, funding options and teacher training placements.

Who is eligible to apply?

Visit our website to find out about funding for teacher training courses.

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