West Thames College London

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

100% success rate in 2014-16 two year DET course.

This course is run in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. Canterbury Christ Church was inspected in March 2014 and judged to be an outstanding teacher education programme for the Further Education and Skills Sector; one of only four outstanding providers in the country.

It is a two year course leading to a Diploma in Education and Training (DET) or Professional Graduate Certificate of Education. Specialist pathways may also be available for teachers of ESOL, Literacy, Maths and Disabled Learners.

It is possible to enter directly onto Year 2, provided that you have Accredited Prior Certificated Learning for Year 1.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, which qualifies you to teach in secondary schools.

Key course features


  • Diploma in Education and Training (Level 5) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Education and Training (Level 5) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training (Level 6) with Specialist Pathway for Teachers of ESOL, Literacy, Maths or Disabled Learners

Accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University

Level: Level 5 DET or Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate of Education

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 12 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Teachers in a substantial role and/or adult and community education, trainers in the public and private sector as well as those working with 14-19 year olds in vocational settings.

About the course

The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of teachers in Colleges (FE), Adults and Community Learning (ACL), 14-19 units in schools/academies, Public Services, Police Trainers and Private Training Organisations.

It will enable you to become an effective, critical, professional teacher and trainer for the FE and Skills sector, whilst providing you with a broad understanding of teaching and learning with a strong emphasis on professional reflection for individual development.

The course consists of 6 modules, 20 credits each, taken over 2 years.

In Year 1, you will study:

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning (with specialist focus for pathways)
  • Assessment
  • Applying theory to practice

In Year 2, you will study:

  • Curriculum (with specialist focus for pathways)
  • Policy and Professional Practice
  • Reflecting on Practice

If you are interested in a specialism route, we can discuss these options further.

Please note that you will need to attend generic studies at West Thames College and specialist studies at another college - venue to be confirmed.

Staff profiles

Tracy Jackson: Tracy has more than 20 years' teaching experience. She started teaching at West Thames College in 2001 working in the ESOL department before moving to Teacher Education. Before West Thames College she taught English in Barcelona for two years and then worked in Tokyo for three years. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for the DET/ProfGCE and also teaches on the AET and CELTA courses. Her interests include English language teaching and mental health.

Matt Flett: Matt has 30 years' experience as an English language teacher in Italy, Spain, Vietnam and the UK and 20 years' experience as a teacher trainer. He has been Education and Quality Manager and a member of the West Thames College Teacher Education team since 2015, teaching mainly on the DET/ProfGCE and CELTA programmes.

Paddy McCann: Paddy has been a teacher and trainer for 26 years. His first teaching jobs were in Japan and Italy. In the UK he has worked in private language schools and Further Education colleges in Liverpool and London working at West Thames College since 2014. He took the CELTA teacher training course 26 years ago and never for one moment imagined he world still be teaching all these years later!

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through observations of teaching practice, reflections on your own and other's teaching practice, academic essays, presentations, and though a Progress Log that maps and celebrates your 'journey' through the two years. In year 1 all work is assessed at Level 4 and in year 2 the Diploma is at level 5 and the ProfGCE is at level 6.

Please note that tutors will need to travel to your workplace to observe you teach, so your work needs to be within reasonable traveling distance of West Thames College.

Where next?

The course is for employed, unqualified teachers and trainers and may lead to increased responsibilities, new roles as programme leaders/managers within the sector or further teaching opportunities.

For those completing DET at Level 5, there may be an opportunity to progress to the BA in Education and Professional Training.

For those completing the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education at Level 6, there may be an opportunity to progress to the MA in Professional Learning and Education.

Entry requirements
  • You will need to be teaching or training, either paid or voluntary, while the course is running. All teaching must be in an appropriate FE and Skills provider, Sixth Form College, School/Academy, Public or private training organisation. You must have responsibility for the group that you are teaching (planning and assessing the learning). You will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours teaching over the two years with at least 40 hours in the first year.
  • You will need to have a work based mentor to provide subject knowledge guidance and to assess your teaching.
  • Successful completion of a pre course test and an interview.
  • Applicants for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) are required to have a degree.
  • You should possess at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject area you want to teach or considerable professional experience as well as a good level of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • IT skills to word process assignments and prepare teaching materials.
  • A successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk. Alternatively, contact the Teacher Education Department direct on 020 8326 2189.


First year £2,700. Second year £2,700. Payment by instalments is available.

You may be entitled to a funding loan from Student Finance England. For details please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Some applicants may be eligible for a bursary.

How to apply?
Please complete the online application form. We will then contact you about an interview.


  1. Shazia Khan

    Certificate in Education

    Shazia Khan

    “The classes are enjoyable and comfortable. The tutors push you to do your best and you’re completely supported. It’s the best place to work and to study. I initially worked in a support role at the college, but from September I’m going to be teaching on the supported learning courses.”


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