Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (PCET) In-service PCET

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Share your love of learning. Develop your career in further education. 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 in further education and want to advance their career by achieving 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 not typically offered in schools. This covers a wide range of subjects including, construction, health and social care, engineering, plumbing and automotive. On the course, you will develop your knowledge of teaching and learning and improve your own teaching skills.

Why us?

  • 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”
  • ‘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:

Sunderland College
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 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 in PCET (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialist Knowledge and Pedagogy: English Literacy (20 credits) English pathway only
  • Practical Teaching and Professional Development 2 (20 credits)
  • Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in PCET (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change (20 credits)
  • Advancing Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 credits)

 

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

  • Bishop Auckland College has over 1,200 students enrolled on full-time courses and provides a quality learning experience for all students.

    Please contact Bishop Auckland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Bishop Auckland College
    Woodhouse Lane
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 6JZ

    Bishop Auckland College
  • Please contact East Durham College for more information about facilities and location.

    East Durham College
    Peterlee Campus
    Willerby Grove
    Peterlee
    SR8 2RN

    East Durham College
  • Courses at Gateshead College are delivered in the state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. Its £39 million Baltic campus is next to Sage Gateshead. It offers a 200-seat performance theatre, Learning Resource Centre, music rehearsal and recording studios, and modern classrooms with integrated IT.

    Please contact Gateshead College for more information about facilities and location.

    Gateshead College
    Quarryfield Road
    Baltic Business Quarter
    Gateshead
    NE8 3BE

    Gateshead College
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
    Library Services - education
  • Please contact South Tyneside College for more information about the facilities and location.

    Phone: 0191 427 3500
    Email: info@stc.ac.uk

    South Tyneside College – part of Tyne Coast College
  • The course is delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music, dance and drama alongside excellent IT and library resources. As a student, you will also have access to the library and resources at the University of Sunderland.

    Sunderland College is a world-class provider of education, with five campuses located across the city.

    Please contact Sunderland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Sunderland College
    Washington Campus
    Stone Cellar Road
    Washington
    NE37 2NH

    Sunderland College
  • Please contact Tyne Metropolitan College for more information:

    Tyne Metropolitan College
    Battle Hill Drive
    Wallsend
    NE28 9NL

    0191 229 5000

    www.tynemet.ac.uk/higher-education

    enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk

    Tyne Metropolitan College – part of Tyne Coast College
  • Map and directions

Facilities

This course is taught at our partner colleges. 

Entry requirements

We usually expect you to have the following:

  • An HNC, an advanced NVQ Level 3/4 or Professional Qualifications
  • Confirmation that you have secured 100 hours of teaching practice over the 2 year course
  • English and Maths GCSE grade C or above or equivalent. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

Applicants must be able to declare that they can secure 50 hours of appropriate teaching each academic year (100 hours over the two year course) in order to meet the requirement of the Certificate in Education and Training.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview written task, participate in a group activity and complete a short in-house literacy assessment.

Please note the professional QTS Skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy are not required for entry to this course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements

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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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night

Employment

When you graduate from this course you will have a 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.

Graduates of this course now work in a variety of educational environments, including Further Education colleges, Sixth Form colleges, Training organisations, and Prison education.

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