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Course Duration: Full-time 6 months or Part-time 9 months

Intake: 28th May

Mode of Study: Hybrid

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a graduate-level program designed to help prepare aspiring educators for the profession, as well as to equip them with skills and knowledge that meet the current and future demands of the job market. The program covers a range of topics, including learning theory, curriculum design, pedagogical strategies, and classroom management.


The PGCE program at Eton University is open to graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds, who have an experience in teaching, training or lecturing. 

The PGCE program at Eton University is structured as a 6 months, hybrid-learning, full-time course that consists of three units with a combined total of 60 UK credits, 600 hours of TQT, 30 Guided Learning Hours. 

The course can also be taken part-time with more flexibility and completed over 9 months.

For entry onto the Eton University PGCE program, learners must:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field

  • Learner should be 20 years or older at the beginning of the course

  • previous experience in teaching, training or lecturing 

English requirements: If a learner is not a national of an English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, 

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 51

  • IELTS overall score of 5.5; Reading and Writing with no score lower than 5.5; or ISE  as an equivalent (ISE stands for integrated Skills in English exams)

To assess the knowledge of the modules, students will be required to deliver written 2,000 words essays for each module including lesson plans and scheme of works. Additionally, students will be requested to deliver a teaching presentation as a part of internal observation. Guidance will be provided for the completion of written work. As the assessments will be of a written nature, they will be involving independent reading and research.


Students are graded on their submitted assignments. To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Detailed feedback will be provided online by the assessor. If a student failed an assignment, one re-submission will be allowed with changes applied according to the feedback. All units within this phase are assessed internally by Eton University.

To obtain a PGCE candidates must fulfil the following requirements:   

  • A pass in all modules and a successful completion of 60 credits in total

Unit 1: The History and Philosophy of Education 

This unit aims to introduce learners to the role of philosophers in shaping education by tracing back the implications of their perspectives and pedagogies. Learners will be able to navigate into history to explore the core values which created and developed education.

Unit 2: The Theories of Learning and Mechanisms of Contemporary Teaching for Both Young Learners and Adults

This unit aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching. Students will explore the key theories of learning, as well as examining the mechanisms of contemporary teaching and how these are applied to both young learners and adults. 

Unit 3: Strategies of Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education

The aim of this unit is to help educators develop the methods of teaching in the higher education and vocational training sector. Furthermore, it will differentiate between the types of assessment and evaluation to improve the quality of teaching and student satisfaction.


Successful completion of the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment.

Careers relating to this degree include:

  • Education administrator

  • Education consultant

  • Learning mentor

  • Teaching assistant

  • Teacher

  • ESOL/EFL teachers

  • Lecturers

  • Trainers

Online Teaching

Tuition &
Course Materials

Students will study this program through our Hybrid Learning model.

This virtual study mode allows flexibility and expert-led teaching to be accessed from anywhere. Students only need their laptop and a stable internet connection. This course contains 30 hours with an expert tutor. Sessions are recorded and available to be rewatched at any time through the learning portal. The learning management system gives students access to course materials and resources relevant to the study programme, such as textbooks, presentations, case studies and guides. If required, additional private tuition hours can be booked.

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