Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

At Reigate College we offer an excellent route to train as a teacher part-time whilst you work. Aimed mainly at those wanting to teach in the post-16 sector, our programmes also offer the opportunity to be qualified to teach in schools as well. There are two programmes which are taught within the same classroom. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE – Level 6) is for students who have an undergraduate degree in their taught area and the Diploma in Education and Training (DET – Level 5) is for students who have at least a level 3 qualification in their taught area (e.g. A levels, BTEC, NVQ). The content is essentially the same but several of the courses are assessed at a higher level for PGCE.


Both programmes are offered in a part-time blended mode of study on Monday evenings from 6.00 - 9.00pm, with two tutorials per year from 4.00 - 5.45pm or by appointment. Some sessions during the year are arranged online instead of in class, allowing you the flexibility to complete the study when you wish. The programmes last two years in total and are aimed at teachers and trainers who are already employed. For applicants not yet in post there may be opportunities for internships at Reigate College or other local colleges depending on the subject taught.


The programmes comprise of courses at two levels; level one covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management; level two courses extend these skills and help students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. Assessment is of knowledge (mainly through the 6 course assignments), skills (mainly through 8 lesson observations) and professional standing.

Aims of the Programmes

  • To provide initial training for practising and prospective teachers and trainers
  • To respond to the changing needs of employers in the lifelong learning sector
  • To encourage the growth of professionalism in the lifelong learning sector


  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Planning and Assessing
  • Applying Theory to Practice
  • Reflecting on Practice
  • Curriculum
  • Professional Practice

Please click here to download the application form for the programmes.

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