Initial Teacher Education Qualifications

Initial Teacher Education Qualifications

1695 views | Emma | 20-04-2023

A Review of the DET, PCE, PGCE

Initial teacher education qualifications such as the DET, PCE, and PGCE  are well known to get into teaching in schools. Different ITE qualifications can enable you to teach learners of different age groups in different settings.  If you need clarification about where you want to teach, you can read more about those different requirements in our QTS vs QTLS blog for teaching younger or adult learners, respectively.

What is the DET course in Initial Teacher Education?

The Diploma in Education and Training (DET) enables you to teach in sixth-form colleges, FE, HE institutions, schools and private training providers. At ELN, we offer it as an entirely online UK teaching course for individuals looking to upgrade their careers in teaching and training. It leads to the QTLS status, however, the QTLS itself is a 6-month long professional formation awarded by the Society for Education and Training.  The main advantage of the Level 5 DET course is that it does not require a previous teaching qualification as the PGCE does. You only require an NVQ or QCF qualification in your specialist sector, and you can complete the level 5 DET based on that competence. We allow 2 years to complete the qualification, but learners usually finish around 6 - 10 months as it is a self-paced course. 

How much does a DET course cost?

 The DET qualification costs £1,250 with ELN for both home and international students and is entirely online.

What are the requirements to enrol on the DET course in ITE?

  • You must be 19+ years.
  • Have completed a subject-specific NVQ/RQF qualification and have competence/experience in that specialist area.
  • Must have access to the internet, laptop, PC, and digital and literacy skills to a Level 3 standard in England and Wales.
  • No previous teaching qualification is required.
  • No subject degree is required.

What is the course structure for the DET course?

The DET course is completely self-paced and online, and you can study from the comfort of your home. The level 5 DET, is a 2 year long course, but is self-paced so you can complete it as quickly as 6 months. 

There are 4 compulsory units that a learner should complete to get the Diploma in Education and Training course. We also offer Ofqual-approved optional units for DET, which is a rarity for online training providers. You need to submit 100 hours of teaching evidence along with essay-style assignments.

Where can I apply for jobs after I complete the DET course?

The career opportunities you can avail yourself after you complete the DET qualification are in the following sectors:

  • Sixth-form institutes
  • Local state and private colleges
  • Primary, secondary, and special education schools
  • Further Education institutes (FE)
  • Higher Education institutions (HE)
  • Vocational training centres

In conclusion, level 5 DET leads to QTLS. Moreover, the course is entirely online and doesn’t require you to be an undergraduate. It is much cheaper than the PGCE and is entirely online.

Exciting announcement! If you are currently pursuing an initial teaching qualification, you have the opportunity to become a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) for FREE*. As long as you are studying for a Level 3 to 5 qualification, like Level 5 DET or a PGCE from a recognized Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provider, you can apply and enjoy the benefits of complimentary membership.

What is PCE (PCET) in Initial Teacher Education?

PCET stands for Post-Compulsory Education and Training. It is a branch of Initial Teacher Education that allows people to teach in institutions of further education and training facilities such as colleges and adult education.

PCE is an acronym for Professional Certificate in Education, a subcategory of PCET. It is a teaching qualification for individuals with a level 3 or above subject qualification. With the PCE qualification, you can work in further and adult education, which means as a teacher, lecturer, and post-16 teaching assistant. 

The PCE is a 2 year qualification ideal for individuals looking to teach subjects that aren’t commonly taught in sixth-form colleges or above. The subjects could be sports, science, dance and music. 

Please note that PCE does not lead to QTS or QTLS. To complete this qualification, you must complete a year at a placement school along with a subject specialist mentor assigned to you. These mentors have to observe and assess your teaching skills and approaches. You must submit evidence of 100 hours of teaching practice in the 2nd year of the qualification.

How much does PCE cost?

The PCE (PCET) course costs almost £9000 for a 1 year full-time, or part-time, 2-year programme. For international students, the cost is almost £13,450.

What are the requirements for PCE in initial teacher education?

  • A Level 3 qualification in the subject area of specialisation 
  • GCSEs with English and Maths at Grade C or above.
  • At least 70 hours of teaching practice; must be scheduled before enrolling in the programme.
  • Students will be required to take a virtual skills test at the interview.
  • An upgraded Background check that the student pays for.

What are assessments like in PCE (PCET)?

Assessments in PCE include written and practical assessments, poster presentations and maintaining reflective journals.

Who will hire me after I complete PCE?

You will find jobs in the following sectors:

  • Sixth-form institutes
  • Further Education institutes (FE)
  • Higher Education institutions (HE)
  • Vocational training centres

What is PGCE in Initial Teacher Education?

The Post Graduate Diploma in Education is known as the PGCE. It qualifies you to get a qualified teacher status (QTS). You are able to teach in UK public schools with QTS. 

Read in detail about What is PGCE?

The PGCE is only for individuals who are graduates with a degree in their subject, unlike the Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training, where you only require an NVQ or QCF qualification. This course prepares you to teach young people or adults, depending on the type of PGCE you choose. 

How much does PGCE cost?

The PGCE course ranges from £5,202 to £9,300 for a home student. For an international student, it can range from £21,500 - £34,000.

What is the requirement to enrol in PGCE?

You need the following grades to enrol in the PGCE:

  • C grade or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • Grade 4 (if the GCSE has numerical grades)
  • GPA 2:2 in your Undergraduate Degree
  • Must be fit to teach according to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

What is the course structure for PGCE?

PGCE qualification can be a full-time or a part-time qualification. Full-time is completed in one year, while it takes 2 years if you want to complete this initial teacher education qualification part-time. It also requires you to submit evidence of 100 hours of teaching in a placement institute. You will also need a subject specialist mentor during your time at the placement institute.

Where can I apply for jobs after I complete the PGCE?

The career opportunities you can avail are in the following sectors:

There are three primary PGCE types:

  • Sixth-form institutes
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Further Education institutes (FE)
  • Higher Education institutions (HE)
  • Vocational training centres

You can teach children up to grade 6 if you complete a PGCE in Primary. You can become a secondary school and sixth-form teacher with the PGCE Secondary programme. For those who want to instruct in universities or adult education settings, there is the PGCE Further/Adult Education.

Our PGCE or DET blog compares the level 5 DET in detail with the PGCE. The L5 DET course costs a fraction of the PGCE. As the ELN DET course is an online course, you save the time and cost of travelling. Learners are usually able to complete the online, self-paced DET between 6-12 months, whereas the PGCE requires physical classes of one or two years.

In conclusion, the DET, PCE, and PGCE are well-known initial teaching qualifications that allow you to teach in primary and secondary schools, colleges, further education, and private training providers. Each of these qualifications has different requirements and costs and can lead to a different pathway into teaching.

Exciting announcement! If you are currently pursuing an initial teaching qualification, you have the opportunity to become a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) for FREE*. As long as you are studying for a Level 3 to 5 qualification, like Level 5 DET or a PGCE from a recognized Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provider, you can apply and enjoy the benefits of complimentary membership.
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