• Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    This course leads to a professional teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in the further education, adult education, higher education and other educational settings including the schools sector.
  • Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    This course leads to a professional teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in the further education, adult education, higher education and other educational settings including the schools sector.
  • Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    This course leads to a professional teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in the further education, adult education, higher education and other educational settings including the schools sector.
  • Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    This course leads to a professional teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in the further education, adult education, higher education and other educational settings including the schools sector.
  • Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    Teacher Training PGCE and Professional Graduate Certificate (PGC) In-Service
    This course leads to a professional teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in the further education, adult education, higher education and other educational settings including the schools sector.

Overview

​This course leads to a professional qualification if you are already teaching in further education colleges, adult education, higher education and a wide range of other training and educational settings. If you are appropriately employed in the learning and skills sector, it provides a route to the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Please note that the course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status for those working or intending to work in schools, although currently it is possible for people with QTLS to obtain work in maintained schools as a qualified teacher.

​The Certificate in Education (lifelong learning), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) are structured around modules which are based on different aspects of teachers’ work such as designing learning materials, assessing students, and evaluating learning and teaching.

Academic credit is gained by undertaking assignments and providing evidence of achievement. This allows you to explore topics that are of interest to you, relevant to your working environment, and to your career development. As part of the course, you will complete a subject specialist module. This requires two days of attendance at the university in year two (two days at Easter). You will be informed of the exact dates during the first year of the course.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This module develops an understanding of how people learn in post-compulsory education and training and of the role of assessment. You will be assessed on an assignment in two parts (coursework together worth 100% of the module). For the first part, you will plan, prepare, deliver and reflect on a learning session contextualised within your own role in PCET. You will also write a critical account investigating the learning needs of specified learners and discussing how you have planned, enabled and assessed their learning.

Personal and Professional Development
This module is designed to help you learn how to identify and respond to learners’ needs with suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies. You will engage in personal and professional development planning and, through two pieces of coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, develop your practice. The first task, a teaching practitioner file, will include a personal development plan, observations of your teaching and a structured, reflective journal; and the second task, a reflective personal skills presentation, may take the form of your choice.

Studies in Teaching a Specialist Subject
This module builds on previous generic and subject specialist development in two ways. Firstly, it contributes to the development of more advanced strategies and methods for promoting learning and, secondly, it involves a sharper focus on specific specialist areas and the critical analysis of their pedagogy. The module achieves these purposes by enhancing the ability to reflect critically on, and to evaluate, teaching and learning; by recognising particular curriculum and professional challenges; and by developing critical responses to these concerns in sophisticated, innovative and creative ways. Key learning activities of the module are practical teaching experience and the engagement with other specialists through collaborative practice.

Studies in Curriculum and Professional Issues
This module will develop your understanding of the concept of curriculum and the influences that shape it. Through two pieces of written coursework, together worth 100% of the module marks, you will discuss curriculum theories, relating them to your own professional role while evaluating a specific curriculum; and review the debate on professionalism in education and its impact on the teacher or trainer.

In-service trainees will normally have a placement when they apply, as they are already working in a teaching role; however, it is possible to come on to the course with a volunteer placement and this should be arranged by the applicant prior to starting the course.​

​Much of the course is focused on practical teaching. Through your employment or voluntary teaching, you gain experience of learning and teaching alongside other professionals, with support from tutors and your mentor, as a vehicle for your development. Practical experience allows you to gain competence in planning teaching and learning and in working with learners both in formal classrooms and in student centred learning situations, such as drop in study centres.

During the course you undertake project work, such as developing new course materials. Academic work includes critically examining creativity in teaching, subject specialist related studies, quality assurance and professional issues. Modules also allow you to explore particular areas of interest.

  • ​UCO is a member of the Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training (CPCET)
The Consortium is an extensive and equal partnership of PCET providers delivering professional higher education qualifications of recognised excellence. We together provide thousands of staff in the post compulsory sector with professional development and qualifications from the University of Huddersfield - a centre for excellence in teacher training. See the Consortium website for information.

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Key Information
Start date:
September 2017
Institutional code:
O10
UCAS code:
Apply direct to UCO
Duration:
2 years
Course type:
Part Time
Fees per year:
£3250
Additional costs per year:
Disclosure and baring check, £44 cost as of 22/02/2016
WIS:
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Entry Requirements

You should normally be in paid employment, as a teacher or trainer, for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one year) at a recognized training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances. You should also have relevant work experience (where appropriate to the subject field).

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Education:

  • UK first degree or equivalent, normally at 2.2 or above
  • Qualifications at a minimum of NVQ level 3 in the subject area you teach (if this is different from that of your degree)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly Criminal Records Bureau) clearance checks; date and associated reference number.
  • In paid or voluntary employment.
  • Evidence of qualifications.
If you hold a basic teaching qualification (such as DTLLS Part One) or have substantial knowledge and experience of teaching you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning.

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Your PGCE in-service in Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) is validated by Huddersfield University
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