Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Level 7 PGCE
Course Code: TE1HE02
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 have the opportunity to study this alongside the PGCE (functional skills are not accepted).
You will need to complete a successful interview and micro-teach; you will also need to secure an appropriate work-based teaching placement, where you can undertake at least 100 hours’ solo teaching practice.
In addition, you must obtain DBS clearance prior to starting the programme.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
The 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.
Each of the 6 modules totals 50 hours and we expect you to devote an additional 150 hours to independent study.
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.
Work 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.
Read our tuition fees guide.