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I'm wanting to start studying to teach FE. I already have a degree in Criminology and Sociology and I've been looking at the courses and I can't figure out the difference between the CERTED and the PGCE. I reached out to the university I'm looking at however they didn't respond. Can anyone help? Thank you
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I'm wanting to start studying to teach FE. I already have a degree in Criminology and Sociology and I've been looking at the courses and I can't figure out the difference between the CERTED and the PGCE. I reached out to the university I'm looking at however they didn't respond. Can anyone help? Thank you
Sorry to hear the university did now respond.

EDIT: The below posts give more accurate details than I am able to offer.

However, this isn't my area of expertise so I'll tag in Get into Teaching who should be able to advise when they're next online.
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I assume you'd want to teach criminology and sociology. So, you'd be best with the PGCE. PGCE is a postgraduate qualification. CertEd is not postgraduate - you can do this with a Level 3 qualification, for example. It is only for Post-16 Education and training (more so training). It is not for higher education - this would be something like a PGCAP (postgraduate certificate in academic practice). Hope this helps.

Your employability will be much greater with PGCE as you are already a graduate with a degree.
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I assume you'd want to teach criminology and sociology. So, you'd be best with the PGCE. PGCE is a postgraduate qualification. CertEd is not postgraduate - you can do this with a Level 3 qualification, for example. It is only for Post-16 Education and training (more so training). It is not for higher education - this would be something like a PGCAP (postgraduate certificate in academic practice). Hope this helps.

Your employability will be much greater with PGCE as you are already a graduate with a degree.
Thank you!! I’m getting started with my application now
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Sorry to hear the university did now respond.
I think I'm right in saying that the CERTED is a slightly different qualification in that it also covers teaching within a Higher Education setting, whereas a FE specific PGCE will be exactly that - more specific.

However, this isn't my area of expertise so I'll tag in Get into Teaching who should be able to advise when they're next online.
Hello Teigan182

Click here for a useful link that explains what the CertEd qualification involves. Click here for further information about teaching in the FE sector.

You ought to have a look at your local FE colleges and check to see what there employment terms and conditions are, as they differ from one place to another, and what their essential and desirable recruitment criteria is, as unlike in compulsory education, one qualification will not fit all institutions.

Wishing you all the best, Jane
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