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Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Certificate in Education

Learn while you teach

Part-time study allows you to learn while working in teaching

Masters credits

Course earns 60 credits towards a Masters in Education qualification

Location:
South Staffordshire College - Cannock Site
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
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If you’re interested in teaching in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector, this part-time CertEd course will provide the skills and experience you need.

The practical work-based course is designed primarily for those who teach post-16 learners and is built around a framework of professional standards for teaching and supporting learning in the PCET sector.

This course provides opportunities to develop professional understanding and knowledge through academic study, practice and critical reflection on your experiences.

You’ll complete a series of academic modules at Levels 4 and 5. You’ll need to be self-motivated and self-organised and to engage in online learning, work-based tasks and tutorials. You’ll also need to work with peers and develop your practice through teaching observations.

The focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace supported by research and reflection is aimed at developing your career as well as equipping you with the skills and attributes to develop high-quality teaching and learning to your students.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Certificate in Education Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Course content

The course consists of one Level 4 30-credit module and three Level 5 30-credit modules. Each module is delivered using a variety of learning approaches.

Successful completion of the modules will lead to the award of a Certificate of Education worth 120 credits.

The normal timeframe for completion will be two academic years. All modules will be assessed using Staffordshire University’s criteria for work undertaken at Levels 4 and 5. All learning outcomes must be met.

You’ll normally need:

  • A 2:1 classification degree.
  • A minimum of GCSE in English, at Grade C, or Level 2 equivalent.

You’ll be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and be certified fit to teach.

You’ll be invited for interview prior to your acceptance and enrolment on to the course.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need IELTS 6.0 or above (with a minimum of 5.5 in each category), or equivalent.

Facilities

Careers

After completing the course, you’ll be equipped to teach in the following sectors:

  • FE colleges
  • Sixth forms
  • Private training organisation
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Work-based training
  • Prisons
  • Young offender institutes

If you’re unsure about teaching in these sectors, most of our FE partner colleges will provide advice and guidance.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by measurement of your performance on placements, through observed teaching, and through written assignments/observations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Staff

Tina Richardson
Tina RichardsonSenior Lecturer

I have extensive expertise of working in the secondary and post compulsory sector as well as experience of teaching in Greece and China. I am also an external examiner for PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) courses.

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Sandra Murray
Sandra MurrayLecturer on PGCE Post Compulsory Education (PCET), PGCE PCET (Maths Specialist Route)

I have a wide range of experience supporting and teaching teachers in the lifelong learning sector. My main areas of expertise are in innovative teaching approaches and technology enhanced learning. 

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When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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