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Post-Compulsory Education and Training

PGCE

No experience needed

You can be accepted onto the course with no prior teaching experience

Masters credits

Course earns 60 credits towards a Masters in Education qualification

Placement provided

We’ll find you a placement at a local FE or sixth form college

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
9 Months
Start date:
21 September 2020
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If you’re interested in teaching in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector, this full-time PGCE 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, 5 and 7. You’ll also spend two days per week on work placement at a local FE or sixth form college, putting the theories you learn into practice.

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: PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Work placements

You’ll undertake a work placement at a local FE or sixth form college. 

We’ll find and allocate you a placement as part of the course.

Course content

The course consists of one Level 4 30-credit module, one Level 5 30-credit module and two Level 7 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 Postgraduate Certificate Education (PCET) worth 120 credits.

Sixty of these credits could be used towards the full MA Education course at Staffordshire University.

The normal timeframe for completion will be one academic year. All modules will be assessed using Staffordshire University’s criteria for work undertaken at Levels 4, 5 and 7. All learning outcomes must be met.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Action Research And Wider Professional Practice In Pcet 30 credits
Developing Teaching, Learning And Assessment In Pcet 30 credits
Teaching, Learning And Assessment In Pcet 30 credits
Theories, Principles And Models In Pcet 30 credits

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.

After completing the PGCE you can also enter the MA Education at Postgraduate Diploma level and complete a full Masters in two years of part-time study.

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

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

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.

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per course
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per course

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.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
PGCE
Full-time
21 September 2020

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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