Post-Compulsory Education and Training

at Ashton Sixth Form College

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Certificate in Education

Key facts

Location:
Ashton Sixth Form College
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
1 Year

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The course is offered as a full-time programme and intended for those working in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector.

The aim of the course is to equip teachers with the skills and attributes necessary for them to deliver high quality training to their learners.

The course is designed primarily for those who teach post-16 learners and is designed around a framework of Professional Standards for teaching and supporting learning in the PCET sector.

This practical work-based course provides opportunities to develop professional understanding and knowledge through academic study, practice and critical reflection on your experiences. Trainees will need to be self-motivated and self-organised and to engage in online lecturers, work-based tasks and tutorials. Trainees will also need to work with peers and develop their practice through teaching observations. Assessment is therefore a blend of critically evaluated professional practice informed by formal academic tasks. This focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace supported by research and reflection is aimed at developing trainees’ careers as well as equipping them with the skills and attributes to develop high quality teaching and learning to their learners.

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 30 level 4 credit module and three 30 level 5 credit modules. Each of these modules is delivered by using a variety of learning approaches.

Modules

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 4)
  • Theories, principles and models in PCET 30 credits (level 5)
  • Developing teaching, learning and assessment in PCET 30 credits (level 5)
  • Action Research and wider professional practice in PCET 30 credits (level 5)

Successful completion of the modules will lead to the award of a Certificate in Education (PCET) worth 120 credits. These credits could be used towards a BA in Education.

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. All learning outcomes must be met.

Entry requirements

You must have access to a full breadth of teaching experiences within PCET. This is essential, as all modules require you to evaluate and reflect upon you own current practices as a teacher and as an education professional in order to achieve the learning outcomes. You need to guarantee that you have a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice throughout the duration of the course.

Evidence of satisfactory English language skills is required for trainees where English is not their first language, such as IELTS 6.0 or above (with a minimum of 5.5 in each category).

A minimum of a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in the specialist subject relevant to trainees’ teaching area, e.g. GCE, A Level, NVQ3, BTEC Higher, L3 Certificate in an appropriate Key Skills, HND. Equivalence will be utilised in specialisms where no Level 3 qualification exists.

A minimum of GCSE in English, at Grade C, or Level 2 equivalent already held or gained as part of initial needs analysis and induction.

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

You will be invited for interview prior to your acceptance and enrolment onto the course. Teaching practice should take place as defined within the LSIS (2013) guidance documentation.

 
Careers

Holders of the Certificate in Education (PCET) could use the credits towards completing a BA Degree in Education.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Fees

For the course starting on 23 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for Certificate in Education-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: 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 change 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.

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