Professional Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) In-service ProfGCE

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Share your love of learning. Use your specialist subject knowledge every day. Help people discover new interests and careers.

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Overview

This course is for people who are already working as teachers or trainers, and want to achieve the sector qualification for teaching in post-16 settings.

Further Education institutions need teachers with specialist subject knowledge who can teach people who want to explore subjects they weren’t offered in school. If you have a degree from a range of subjects including non-curriculum areas such as Psychology, Law or Dance, you could be a teacher in post-16 education.

 

Why us?

  • 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Course structure

You will spend four hours a week at one of our partner colleges:

Bishop Auckland College
East Durham College
Gateshead College
South Tyneside College – a site of Tyne Coast College
Tyne Metropolitan College – a site of Tyne Coast College

You'll also attend a summer conference, and an additional Saturday at the University of Sunderland. The conference brings together full-time pre-service and part-time in-service student teachers to share their research into improving teaching and learning. This will be an excellent preparation for your first year as a qualified teacher and an induction to a professional formation year.

Core modules

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 credits)
  • Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Policy and Curriculum (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change (20 credits)

Practice-based modules

  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development (40 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Facilities

This course is taught at our partner colleges.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in a subject related area.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in any other element.

All successful applicants will be interviewed.

All successful applicants will be required to:

Successfully complete the DfE Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. It would be helpful, but not essential, to take the tests before your interview
Obtain a DBS Enhanced Disclosure
Complete a Medical pro forma

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is £2,750.

Please note this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employment

Many graduates from this course have gone on to more senior posts with leadership responsibilities in the institutions in which they are employed.

When you graduate from this course you will have a Professional Certificate in Education. This qualification incorporates the Diploma in Education and Training (DET). You will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training which provides the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

According to our 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality Further Education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

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