Professional Certificate in Education - PCE (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory - Professional Certificate)
The PGCE/PCE combines placement in professional teaching with a classroom study environment to provide the formal accreditation required for teaching within post-compulsory education and training. Structured tuition via the modules outlined in 'What and how you will be learning' along with practical, hands-on training through the work placement will develop your skills in planning, delivering and assessing learning. At the same time you will further your understanding of the learning process and contemporary issues and policy surrounding post-compulsory education.
Course Entry Requirements
PCE students are required to hold an advanced qualification (minimum level 3) in the subject they wish to teach. Please note some subjects require tutors to hold an honours degree.
Students must have secured a 100 hour teaching placement in their subject area
Students must have maths and English GCSE at grade C or above.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
You will be required to hold an advanced qualification (minimum level 3) in the subject you wish to teach.
We must be able to secure for you a 100 hour teaching placement in your subject area and GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or above.
Please note some subjects will require an honours degree.
Career Options and Progression
Claire Davies is a 26 year old graduate of the Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) and left Blackpool and the Fylde College in 2014. Claire is teaching within the department of Hair, Beauty and Related Therapies, instructing, demonstrating and assessing.
“The course content related to real-life and work-based situations whilst running alongside a full time placement allowed me to put into practice what I had learnt in the lessons. The course required a Full Time Placement which for me was an excellent opportunity to further my skills and continually learn.” Read more...
Modules and Assessment
Attendance is one full day as a student and in your teaching placement 4 days a week.
1 Year Full Time
ITE401 Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment - 20 credits
ITE402 Developing Coaching and Mentoring Skills - 20 credits
ITE501 Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment - 20 credits
ITE502 Curriculum Development and Educational Change - 10 credits
ITE503 Action Research for Change and Innovation - 20 Credits
ITE504 Wider Professional Practice - 20 credits
Assessment is completed by observations in the work placement, 'mini' teaching sessions, seminars, group presentations and varied online activity in addition to written assignments.
ITE401 Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment - 50% Coursework, 50% Practical
ITE402 Developing Coaching and Mentoring Skills - 100% Coursework
ITE501 Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment - 100% Coursework
ITE502 Curriculum Development and Educational Change - 100% Practical
ITE503 Action Research for Change and Innovation - 100% Coursework
ITE504 Wider Professional Practice - 50% Coursework, 50% Practical
Teaching and Learning Methods
Delivery is by presentations, workshops, student participation and observations.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Work-based learning is of central importance to learning on the programme. It is through engagement with work-based learning that students are able to start to draw connections between classroom theory and practice. As such, access to an appropriate work placement setting for 100 hours during the programme is a pre-requisite of enrolment on the programme.
Full-time students will be required to undertake 100 hours teaching practice in a teaching placement in one or more appropriate settings in the FES or HE in FE sectors. Part-time students will undertake 50 hours teaching practice in their work placement in the first year and 50 hours in the second year. On the full-time programme the teaching placement will typically begin six weeks into the programme when DBS clearance has been achieved and safeguarding training has been completed. By the time trainees are starting their placements they will have completed the preparatory modules, Introduction to teaching, learning and assessment and Developing Coaching and Mentoring Skills. This will not only develop skills and understanding to support learners in their placement, but also promote a sound mentor/ mentee relationship in their placement.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
DBS - A DBS Clearance is required for this course of with the cost of £44. This is the current cost of the required DBS, any increases in this will only be due to official price increases which can be confirmed on the internet.
You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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