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PGCE Education Independent Distance Learning (IDL) at the University of Sunderland is an internationally recognised teaching qualification. The course blends applied teaching theory and practice in three taught modules and one extended teaching practice module. It has been developed so that it can be delivered to primary, secondary and post-16 teachers and to any subject specialism. It is a 36-week full-time course, completed in one academic year which can be undertaken both in the UK and in international settings.
Two of the modules are research-based and at Masters level, preparing you for further postgraduate study which will qualify you for progression to Stage 2 of our MA International Education or MA Education, both available as distance learning courses.
While this course does not provide a direct route to QTS, it can be used with our Assessment Only Route to QTS, if a candidate is suitably qualified and experienced.
The programme is split into two semesters and has four core modules. There is one taught module, two research modules, and one teaching practice module.
We use a wide variety of teaching methods with tasks including required reading, directed activities and self-assessments.
There are online discussion forums where trainees are invited to debate current issues relevant to the module content and, if you live close to other students on the course, we encourage you to form a study group.
The teaching practice is work-based and conducted entirely in a school that you have secured a placement at, or are currently working at. This is supported by a mentor and university staff.
We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course.
Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of teaching standards and observed teaching.
This module will investigate the content of subject areas taught within your specific subject and/or curriculum, including:
• Consideration given to the development of a variety of approaches to teach a particular subject or topic area
• Formulating skilful questioning which reveals levels of pupil/student understanding
• Ways of motivating pupils/students including the provision of a challenging curriculum designed to foster pupils’/students’ problem solving abilities
• Setting homework or home-based activities that are challenging, consolidate work already completed and encourages pupils/students to take responsibility for their own academic progress
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
This module involves trainees immersing themselves in teaching institutions to develop professional knowledge about teaching and learning and to make judgements about the routines, skills and strategies that support effective teaching. It provides them with the breadth and variety of experience in a work based learning environment to meet professional Teachers’ Standards identified in Government legislation current at the time of study, consistently and over a sustained period of time.
The first block will entail 6 weeks of teaching practice with approximately 11 hours of teaching per week. The second block will entail 6 weeks of teaching practice with approximately 14 hours of teaching per week. Please note that QTS will not be recommended after completion of this programme.
During your time in an educational setting, prior to engagement with this module, you will identify the way in which the school/college/setting in which you are placed addresses the particular educational needs of a particular small group of individual pupils/students (or it might be one student) and which shows how learning is developed over a short period of time, or alternatively, what could be done to enhance its development in the future.
Examples to consider could be: the way in which the school/college/setting deals with those identified as having special educational needs; how the school/college deals with pupils who routinely do not engage in aspects of classroom learning or homework or with their peers; how the school supports more able and talented pupils; or how the school supports improvements in behaviour.
Please note that you will not study an individual pupil/student but the intervention, process, or aspect of teaching and learning put in place to support them.
There will be a range of material provided which will enable and empower you to approach the work which will be entirely relevant to you at this point in your training. You will be able to engage with, and critically evaluate, teaching and learning at a scale other than that of whole class planning. Support will be available throughout the time enrolled on the module from your subject tutor. This will enable you to discuss your research and proposed methodology/problems as you progress through the work.
This module provides students with the opportunity to structure and undertake a piece of independent academic study related to their particular vocational/professional development, which will encourage them to engage in intellectual challenge and dialogue. Students will develop both general and specific knowledge and skills, which will vary according to each student’s chosen projects. These will be negotiated and agreed between the student, the subject supervisor and the supervising university tutor. Students will also identify and develop key skills that will enhance their ability to transfer learning to further study and to the workplace. The students will each make an interim presentation of their research proposal and a final written account of their learning.
Our typical offer is:
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If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree or equivalent.
For those without a first degree studied in the medium of English, Academic IELTS is required. (A minimum Academic IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading and Speaking and Listening).
Changes to the pre-course placement and mentor requirements during this period of Covid-19 for 2021/22.
If you are not currently employed as a teacher and will be seeking a placement school, the following has been put in place in order to support you. Please read the following before applying.
Due to the Covid-19 situation for applications for 2021/22, we will offer a place on the course to applicants who meet the entry criteria but due to school closures have been unable to secure a school and mentor before embarking on the course. However, we must emphasise that in order to complete the teaching practice module EDP380 and ultimately the course overall, it is a requirement for trainees to secure both a school and mentor. Ideally, you will have this in place before December 2021.
Please note that securing a mentor and school is the responsibility of the trainee and not that of the University. With all four modules complete, you will graduate with a PGCE Education. You may however take up to three years to fully complete and graduate, should this be necessary.
Advice on how to find a placement
Observation of experienced teachers
Where possible, you should secure a reasonable number of teaching observations per week to support your work on the Subject Studies and Practice of Teaching modules. This can be in a school of your choice, and it is usually in the school where you will undertake your placement.
Before applying please note:
Ensure you read the information above about changes to the pre-course placement and mentor requirements during this period of Covid-19 for 2021/22.
As part of your online application, you will be asked to confirm you agree to the teaching requirements of the course.
You will be asked to confirm contact details for your placement school, placement school Head Teacher and placement school Mentor. Please note that, during this period of Covid-19, offers to join the course will still be made if these details are not available.
You must also provide us with a copy of your degree certificate. Please provide both original and English translation (if applicable).
We accept the following as evidence of English Language:
Without all of the above documents, we will not be able to make you an offer on this course.
The annual fee is £7,455.
A £1,000 deposit must be paid prior to the start of the course. This deposit is refundable up until the point of enrolment.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree is ideal for teachers and other people working within international education institutions who want to quickly progress their careers. It will qualify you for more senior positions in teaching and educational management in international schools.
The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government.
Please note that this course does not award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you would normally need to teach in a state-maintained school in England.
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