Course Code: ST1HE03 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Level 7* Duration1 Year Day/s of weekThursday and Friday Time09:00 - 15:30 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration 08 Sep 2025 University Centre 1 Year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryTrain for a rewarding career in teaching with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This nationally-recognised course combines teaching theory with 300 hours’ teaching and teaching-related practice to allow you to develop your own effective teaching style. Ultimately, you will be equipped to teach in a wide range of education and training settings, and make a positive difference to people’s life chances and future employment. The PGCE is delivered by expert tutors and benefits from unique content (such as positive behaviour management), extensive 1-2-1 support, no exams and an excellent graduate to employment rate. Applications for the PGCE must be received by the deadline of 14 July 2023. Applications after this date may be considered providing applicants meet all the entry requirements above, including having already found a teaching placement of at least 100 teaching hours plus the 200 hours of teaching-related activities. Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Bursaries 2023 to 2024 For the PGCE at Blackpool and The Fylde College, you could be eligible for an ITE bursary if you plan to teach a priority subject in the Further Education sector. Eligibility will also depend on your existing qualifications and/or professional experience. Full details, including eligibility criteria, qualifying subjects and the bursary application form are now available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fe-funding-initial-teacher-education-ite-bursaries-2023-to-2024. Funding for bursaries will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, regardless of the applicant's choice of eligible subject specialism, with the exception of English bursaries which will be capped at 100 awards. In other words, the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive a bursary if you are eligible for one. Entry RequirementsTo study on the PGCE you must have access to an appropriate teaching placement which must satisfy 100 teaching hours and 200 hours of teaching-related activities together with the following: Minimum of a 2:2 degree in the subject specialism in which you would like to teach If you are a holder of an overseas qualification, you can check with the UK National Information Centre (UK ENIC) to identify if they are the equivalent to those required for entry to the PGCE. If English is not your first language, you will need to achieve an IELTS 6 overall with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking or are able to evidence an equivalent English Language qualification. GCSE English and maths 4/C or above This and evidence of these are essential when applying for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Bursaries. For more information and to determine your eligibility, please visit the FE ITE bursaries funding manual. Please note that functional skills in English and maths will not be accepted for entry onto this programme. If you successfully meet the criteria, you will be invited to a professional discussion with the teaching team and a 15-minute Developmental Teaching Opportunity based on a topic you would teach. Following the successful completion of these, and essential evidence of your qualifications has been provided, you will be invited to formally enrol, complete Level 2 safeguarding training and apply for your enhanced DBS check with barred list information, which is required as part of your funding agreement and as a condition of your enrolment. For more information, please visit the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Should you be unsuccessful in your application, guidance will be provided to support you further. Course Detail This PGCE is a full time taught programme delivered over two consecutive days which is enriched with a flexible teaching placement that enables you to acquire the required skills and knowledge to design and deliver effective teaching sessions in your subject specialism. You will be able to effectively create positive and productive learning environments supporting the learning and progression of those that you teach. Curriculum themes focus on theories and models of learning, communication and assessment and effectively contribute to your ability to critically reflect on theory to inform your developing teaching practice. Curriculum design, and the external environment in which education and training operates, is further explored and this provides an appreciation of the dynamic and evolving nature of the education and training sector. You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research to further enhance your knowledge of education and training and develop the requisite skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to and in future employment. Employability is at the heart of this PGCE, which has been designed to reflect the knowledge, skills and professional attributes sought by employers: intelligent, flexible, self-aware lifelong learners with communication, interactive and team working skills, who add value to and transform organisations. Honours degree in your chosen subject area (minimum 2:2 classification) GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4 (previously grade C) or above. You must obtain satisfactory DBS clearance prior to starting the programme. While having a previous conviction will not necessarily preclude you from undertaking a PGCE; consideration will be given on a case by case basis. You will need to complete a successful professional discussion with the curriculum. Applications for the PGCE must be received by the deadline of 14 July 2023. Applications after this date may be considered providing applicants meet all the above, including having already found a teaching placement of at least 100 teaching hours plus the 200 hours of teaching-related activities. Industry Placement and Field TripsYou will need to secure an appropriate work-based teaching placement to undertake at least 100 hours’ solo teaching practice and an additional 200 hours’ teaching-related activities. Any teaching placement must be confirmed one week before the start date of the course at the latest. For some subject specialisms we may be able to support you in securing a placement internally at Blackpool and The Fylde College. If not, you will be responsible for sourcing your own teaching placement. Work-based learning is an essential component of the PGCE. It is through undertaking teaching practice that you will start to draw connections between classroom theory and practice. Prior to starting the programme, you will need to secure an appropriate teaching placement in your subject area. The responsibility for this lies with yourself however we will provide you with guidance on how to do this, supporting you where we can. Your work placement must total 300 hours, to comprise 100 hours’ solo teaching and 200 hours’ teaching-related practice. Learning and Teaching MethodsThe PGCE is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops and independent digital learning. A compulsory work placement is also included, allowing you to observe a wide range of teaching practices and to develop your own effective teaching style. Throughout the programme, you will be supported by our expert tutors and a subject specialist mentor, who will work closely with you to develop your teaching and professional skills. You will need to attend College two days a week (typically Thursdays and Fridays), when you will develop your knowledge of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. The PGCE is based at the University Centre however your placement may be elsewhere. In addition, you will need to undertake at least 100 hours’ solo teaching practice and up to 200 hours’ teaching-related practice, which could include attending meetings, working with qualified teachers, observing different teaching sessions, marketing and open events. These activities are flexible and can occur throughout the week. Expert Tutors 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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice. What will I learn? Modules at level 6 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Preparation for Education ST6MD002 30 No Creating Positive Learning Environments ST6MD003 30 No Modules at level 7 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Practitioner Enquiry ST7MD004 30 No Educational Leadership ST7MD005 30 No How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 0% 0% 80% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 0% 0% 20% Other Costs and Equipment NeededYou will need to cover the cost of your enhanced DBS check which is currently £44 (this is not reimbursed). You will also be expected to cover the cost of your travel to and from your work placement and provide your own stationery. Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 0 0 312 Independent 0 0 224 Placement 0 0 64 Total 0 0 600 Programme Specification Programme Spec PGCE.pdf Adobe PDF, 260.92 KB Career Options and ProgressionSuccessful completion of this PGCE will equip you for a variety of private and public teaching and training posts across the further education and skills sector. These include teaching in the NHS, police, prison service, further education colleges, secondary schools from 14+, training providers and sixth form colleges as well as within adult and community learning and apprenticeship provision.