Pre-Service 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
Pre-Service 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 Pre-Service Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching in the Education, Training and Skills Sector) programme

The Pre-Service 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

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.