Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Level 7 PGCE
Course Code: ST1HE01
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Train for a rewarding career in teaching with the Post Graduate 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 at a Grade 1 Outstanding college and benefits from unique content (such as positive behaviour management), extensive 1-2-1 support, no exams and an excellent graduate to employment rate.
To do the PGCE you will need an honours degree in your chosen subject area (minimum 2:2 classification) as well as GCSE English grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.
If you do not have GCSE Maths you will be required to study this alongside the PGCE (functional skills are not accepted; you may not be at the current level to join a GCSE programme initially, and therefore it will be necessary to achieve a functional skills level 2 qualification before proceeding to the GCSE).
You will need to complete a successful interview, literacy task and micro-teach; you will also need to secure an appropriate work-based teaching placement, where you will be able to undertake at least 100 hours’ solo teaching practice and an additional 200 hours’ teaching-related activities. 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.
In addition, 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.
Applications for the PGCE must be received by the deadline of 30 June 2020. 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. Any teaching placement must be confirmed one week before the start date of the course at the latest.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6||Level 7|
Level 4 Modules
|Preparation for Education and Training||ST4MD001||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Promoting Positive Behaviour||ST5MD001||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Developing Teaching Learning and Assessment||ST6MD001||20||Mandatory|
Level 7 Modules
|Curriculum Development Enhanced Practice||ST7MD001||20||Mandatory|
|Practitioner Enquiry Deconstructing Practice||ST7MD002||20||Mandatory|
|Contemporary Issues in Education and Training||ST7MD003||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6||Level 7|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
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