Full-time Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector)

Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 1 year full time
Full-time Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector) Awarding body

Your Programme

About the Full-time Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector) programme

The full-time programme is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector; that is teaching students age 14 years and above. The programme is full-time and suitable for those who are not currently teaching.
This is a one year course.

Entry Requirements

The minimum qualification you need to gain entry to the course is at Level 3 in the subject(s) that you intend to teach. Applicants must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent) before attending for interview. Those wishing to enter the Professional or Postgraduate Certificate in Education routes must hold a UK bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).

You will need to demonstrate 5 days teaching experience in the classroom prior to interview.

All applicants will need a work placement to gain the required 100 hours practical teaching experience; the course team will endeavour to find an appropriate placement for applicants subject to availability, an interview and two appropriate references. Applicants should also aim to complete a minimum of 5 days experience shadowing in an appropriate setting. A clean enhanced DBS check is also required.

What you will learn

  • Principles and Practice in Post Compulsory Education
  • Practical Teaching and Learning
  • Exploring Specialist Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Context

Certificate in Education is studied at levels 4 and 5; Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is studied at levels 5 and 6; Postgraduate Certificate in Education is studied at levels 6 and 7

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document.  However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures.   If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely.  If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.  We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer.  For the placements in your programme, TEC Partnership will do everything it can to ensure you have the opportunity to complete the placement element of your programme and/or potentially, where possible, amend the programme removing the requirement for placement (or part of it) if there is likely to be difficulty.   We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve.  We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.

One day per week structured seminars and lectures from your PGCE tutors and specialist guest lecturers. Lessons will also include on-line learning, work placements, peer assessment, presentations, poster presentation and a year end conference.

You will also do 100 teaching during the duration of the course in your own classroom setting with the support of a subject specialist Mentor.

Programme Benefits

We aim to produce teachers who are reflective, flexible and innovative, who can work as members of interdisciplinary teams and who have an interest in the academic and pastoral well-being of students.

What next?

This course prepares learners to study at MA level and to work in an educational setting at various levels, eg teacher, manager, director, principal.