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Pathways. - Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) PCET. - Professional Certificate of Education (PCE) PCET.​. Read more

Course Overview

Pathways:
- Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) PCET
- Professional Certificate of Education (PCE) PCET.​

The PGCE PCET is aimed at graduates who want to teach in their degree subject or graduates with a further qualification in the subject area in which they aim to teach. They will also be teaching or actively seeking teaching in the post-compulsory sector of education and training. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

The PCE PCET is aimed at students with a Level 3 qualification (NVQ3, OCN 3, A Level equivalence) preferably in the subject they are teaching or want to teach. The programme is for students who have experience in their subject areas and who wish to further their experience by teaching in the PCET or lifelong learning sector. Students do not need GCSE Maths or English to apply for this course.

Graduate and non-graduate entrants will follow the same learning pattern but, in compliance with the requirements of QAA, be taught at the differentiated levels for undergraduate study in Year 2.

- Prepare to Teach
The Preparing to teach 10 week taster course is for students with a Level 3 qualification who do not wish to undertake a two-year programme of study but who want to teach. This is an equivalence of Module 1 of the PGCE or PCE. Students would then be exempt from this module should they decide to apply for the PGCE or PCE at a later date.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Post-Compulsory-Education-and-Training-(PCET)-PGCE-PCE.aspx

Course Content

The Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector is an area of growing importance in a world of rapidly evolving economic and social change. As individuals face the need to upgrade their skills in order to meet the requires on the world of work, educators in the Post 16 sector have a key role to play in helping them to achieve their learning goals

The Cardiff Met PCET programmes have been devised to introduce you to teaching in the post compulsory education and training (PCET) sector including tertiary, further and higher education, adult and community education, vocational and 14- 19 education as well as training in the private sector or work-based learning environments. These two-year part time programmes will engage you in both academic and practical assignments.

The ethos of the programme is predicated upon student-centred learning which includes the interchange ability of staff/student roles, the pooling of intellectual resources and experiences and the structured opportunities for skills-sharing.

The general aim of the programmes is to produce teachers or trainers who can demonstrate competence across the range of roles and tasks related to the design, delivery, management and evaluation of learning. Students will leave the programme equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that underpin the performance of those tasks expected of the professional educator or trainer in the post-compulsory sector.

The programme aims to provide a high quality and professionally appropriate experience that offers the opportunity for students to develop their abilities to plan and undertake projects related to practice; further to link their practice to theory in a critical and evaluative way. It aims to equip students with the skills to engage with the concept of reflective practice and to select areas of professional relevance for their study.

The overall aim is to create 'reflective practitioners'.
Modules:
Year 1
- Level 4 Preparing to Teach
- Level 5 Delivering Learning and Teaching
- Level 5 Reflective Practice 1

Year 2
The following modules are delivered on both programmes - the PCE PCET are delivered at Level 5 and the PGCE PCET at Level 6
- Context of PCET
- Professional Development in PCET
- Teaching and Learning Strategies in PCET
- Curriculum Planning and Design in PCET
- Subject Pedagogy and Reflective Practice 2

The Course Team reserve the right to amend the programme to ensure compliance with professional standards.

Learning & Teaching

The programme team recognises that adult learners bring with them experiences which can be used as a resource for learning. Consequently formal lectures are not a feature of this programme. We expect all sessions to involve students actively participating in their learning.

The overall emphasis will be on working together and effectively utilising the experiences and skills that the individual learners bring to the group. This student-centred approach allows students to take responsibility for their own learning. Tutors are seen as facilitators of learning, providing resources, supporting, stimulating and challenging where appropriate.

To this end the teaching methods on the programme will include:

Input from tutors. These can be useful in providing new or up-to-date information to larger groups provided there is an ongoing opportunity for questioning and participation. They will be used sparingly on the programme to generate interest in new subjects and provide information for future discussion, analysis and evaluation.

Small group work. This will be one of the key strategies utilised. The major aim of these activities will be to develop skills relating to thinking, discussion and the presentation of information. Students will be able to practise their communication skills, listen to other group members, support weaker peers and observe group dynamics in action. They will have extensive opportunities to develop their presentation skills in a safe environment and learn how to give encouraging and constructive feedback to their colleagues. Methods utilised will include:
- Ice-breaking exercises
- Team-building exercises
- Workshops
- Buzz groups and brainstorming
- Simulations
- Case-studies
- Role plays

Seminars. These will be led by programme members and will allow them to further develop their presentation and delivery skills. They will be designed to allow group members to explore issues relating to their own institutional settings or their academic specialisms.

Individualised learning periods. Directed self-study allowing programme members to learn at their own pace outside the framework of class activities. The number of hours of self-study varies for each student and it would be worth discussing this with your personal tutor at the start of the year.

Tutorials. Group members will meet with their individual tutors at regular intervals to reflect on their learning experiences, share concerns and problems and set learning targets.

Moodle is Cardiff Met’s virtual learning environment and you will be able to use this to access materials/information relating to the programme from a networked PC. Moodle will also be used for academic and social online discussion forum, blog discussions and for online learning resources.

Assessment

You may be assessed by a combination of assessment methods appropriate to the PGCE and PCE programme levels and may include:
- Written assessments (WRIT) such as reports, self-reflections, analytical documents, case studies, online blogs, peer assessments, essays;

- Presentations (PRES) and Microteaching sessions which may be individual and/or group; seminar; (non)-interactive; with audience;

- Practicals (PRAC) such as individual and/or group; coaching; mentoring;; performance;

- Portfolio (PORT) that includes a collection of evidence, frequently including a contextual statement; poster; website;

- Placements (PLAC) such as a fieldwork placement; school placement; experiencing the world of work.

The programme is continually assessed through module assignments and two hundred hours of supervised teaching experience to include 130 hours of direct teaching over the two years.

Students will undertake four observed teaching hours in Year 1 and four in Year 2. Each of these will require written preparation and also a self-evaluation report following the observation.

Employability & Careers

The PGCE and PCE PCET will qualify you to teach in Further and Higher Education, youth, adult and community education, 14- 19 sector, work-based education, training in HMForces, prison, industry and commercial training departments.

Students who have completed this course have gone on to part or full-time teaching in the post compulsory sector of education and training, usually teaching their subject and other subject related areas. All graduates leaving the course are signposted to Cardiff County Council and Cardiff Met’s Widening Access department as potential adult education tutors for outreach and summer school activities. .Some students are offered teaching opportunities by their mentor once they have graduated.

​Progression Routes:
Non-graduates successfully completing the PCE (PCET) will gain 120 credits at levels 4 and 5. Students would be able to progress on to a degree programme in their specific subject discipline.

Graduates completing the PGCE (PCET) will gain 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6. Students can then progress onto Masters programmes within their particular subject area.

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Read more
This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. The core programme takes place in a placement college. Student teachers complete a minimum of 125 hours of teaching experience during the programme. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe teaching and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as your tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this phase. In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable trainees to gain awareness of a range of key theoretical and practical issues relating to the teaching of Literacy and ESOL in the lifelong learning sector

- You will be able to consolidate your knowledge of how language and literacy is acquired and learned, and consider issues relating to language change and empowerment in light of a range of learning theories

- You will also have the opportunity to review and analyse a variety of innovative approaches and resources for the teaching of literacy and ESOL, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, in a range of contexts and embedded models

- You will be expected to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies that generate enthusiasm for language learning.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edll/litesolpgce

Education - Lifelong Learning Sector

Our lifelong learning programmes leads to teaching qualifications for those who would like to qualify or are already teaching in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Course content

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 – Literacy and ESOL Specialism (Level 5)
Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 – Literacy and ESOL Specialism (Level 5) (30 credits)
Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (30 credits)
Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 6) (30 credits)
Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 6) (30 credits)
ESOL and Literacy Theories and Frameworks (20 credits)
Literacy and ESOL and the Learners (20 credits)

Fees

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.gre.ac.uk/apply

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This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Read more
This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. The core programme takes place in a placement college. Student teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience during the programme. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe teaching and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as your tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this phase. In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable trainees to gain awareness of a range of key theoretical and practical issues relating to the teaching of literacy in the lifelong learning sector.

- To consolidate your knowledge of how language and literacy is acquired and learned and consider issues relating to language change and empowerment in light of a range of learning theories.

- To provide the opportunity to review and analyse a variety of innovative approaches and resources for the teaching of literacy, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, in a range of contexts and embedded models.

- To plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies that generate enthusiasm for language learning and challenge and empower your learners.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edll/litpgce

Education - Lifelong Learning Sector

Our lifelong learning programmes leads to teaching qualifications for those who would like to qualify or are already teaching in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Fees

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/645491/Lifelong-Learning-PGCE.pdf

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This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Read more
This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. The core programme takes place in a placement college. Student teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience during the programme. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe teaching and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as your tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this phase. In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable trainees to develop knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and processes in light of a range of learning theories, as well as equipping them with the pedagogical skills needed to teach numeracy in the lifelong learning sector.

- To review and analyse innovative approaches to the teaching of mathematical thinking and processes, strategies for dealing with errors and misconceptions, and resources and activities for inclusive mathematics teaching and learning across a range of contexts and embedded models.

- To use theories of learning to reflect on and evaluate your own numeracy learning and teaching.

- To plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies that generate enthusiasm for mathematics and challenge and empower your learners.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edll/numpgce

Education - Lifelong Learning Sector

Our lifelong learning programmes leads to teaching qualifications for those who would like to qualify or are already teaching in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Course content

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 5)
Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 5) (30 credits)
Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (30 credits)
Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 6) (30 credits)
Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 6) (30 credits)
Numeracy and the Learners (15 credits)
Improving Numeracy Knowledge, Understanding and Practice (15 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 6)
Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 6) (30 credits)
Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (Level 6) (30 credits)
Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 7) (30 credits)
Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 7) (30 credits)
Numeracy and the Learners (15 credits)
Improving Numeracy Knowledge, Understanding and Practice (15 credits)

Fees

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/645491/Lifelong-Learning-PGCE.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Learn how to share your enthusiasm for mathematics and inspire the next generation of children and young people. This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). Read more

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for mathematics and inspire the next generation of children and young people.

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach mathematics at higher level Key Stage 4 and post-16.

Mathematics teachers are in high demand, so the employment prospects when you qualify are very good. Mathematics is a national priority subject so you could be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary whilst you train

During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by

  • enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
  • learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching mathematics and the wider curriculum
  • building your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
  • developing a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies
  • developing your classroom management and behaviour management skills
  • using a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
  • learning about the wider role of teachers in school
  • learning about the way schools and the education system function
  • understanding how to apply your skills and knowledge in a school setting
  • developing your evaluation and critical reflection skills
  • meeting the requirements of the Teachers' Standards

You will complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16 or 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.

While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. There are placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions and also partnerships with leading schools on the School Direct programme.

During the course, you will complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCE). Both qualifications will earn you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but the PGCE also gives you 60 academic credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

On the School Direct route, the school or partnership of schools that you have applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development. The university works directly with these schools to deliver the academic content of the qualification

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and pedagogy in secondary mathematics
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • school-based training 1
  • school-based training 2

Assessment

  • enquiry projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Many students gain employment in the region thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did school based training — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a employment at a school that you already know.

There is currently a national and regional shortage of mathematics teachers, so mathematics is a great subject choice for your PGCE. 



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The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. Read more
The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. The programmes aim to provide opportunities to develop confidence and skills to apply basic principles of adult learning in different contexts.

Both programmes include a combination of university based tuition and experiential practical teaching in the work place, to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.

Course Overview

If you want to teach or train young people or adults, we offer a range of ways to achieve a post-16 PGCE or Certificate in Education. The PGCE and PCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are designed for those teaching/training or wanting to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community, vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, school sixth forms, 14-19 school/tertiary courses.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post-compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.

Modules

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that we will use to encourage participatory learning and reflective analysis throughout the programme. The overall aim will be to create a context for learning that acknowledges the special characteristics of adult learners.

Year 1 Modules
-Preparing to Teach
-Promoting Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
-Information and Communications Technology
-Supervised Teaching Experience 1

Year 2 Modules
-Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
-Professional Role in the Context of PCET
-Supervised Teaching Experience 2
-Plus one option module
-Some of the above modules are offered at Masters Level.

In addition to the above modules, each course member must successfully complete 150 hours of teaching practice over 2 years.

The full-time course combines the above modules.

Key Features

Studying for a postgraduate or professional qualification is an investment in your career. We aim to equip you with the tools to enable you to transform your life and provide you with an education that makes you both confident and competent to embrace your chosen career path.

You may be a graduate with a degree subject, not widely taught on PGCE secondary courses, such as law, media, veterinary nursing, art history, nursing, childcare, drama and accountancy, the PGCE PCET can give you the qualification to you teach your subject specialism.

Alternatively our part-time study allows you to fit your studies around your existing life, or employment so that you can gain a postgraduate or professional qualification while continuing your career or with other commitments you have.

Assessment

Assessment of the programme is continuous with assignments related to applicants' specialism and a weekly reflective discussion. Teaching practice is integral and must be passed.

Career Opportunities

There are increasing opportunities for those with work experience to undertake training and lecturing in a variety of institutions such as colleges of further and higher education, vocational and non-vocational education, work-based education, training organisations, local government, public services, the voluntary sector and workers' education associations.

The huge range of possible workplaces, the diverse nature of the students, and the variety of subjects to teach – it all adds up to make post-16 education and training a very exciting area of education.

The qualification offers a range of employment options on graduation, from further and higher education to workplace and community education.

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Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary Engineering, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. Read more

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary Engineering, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you

  • enhance your subject knowledge and understanding
  • develop practical subject skills in our excellent workshop facilities
  • learn how to teach engineering in secondary schools
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach engineering.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a professional development portfolio. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools, or in a post-16 college. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional certificate in education (PCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 Masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary engineering
  • learning and teaching in context in engineering
  • block placement 1
  • block placement 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

Assessment

  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

After graduating, you have excellent career prospects. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.



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Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary art and design, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. Read more

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary art and design, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you

  • enhance your subject knowledge and understanding
  • develop practical subject skills
  • learn how to teach art and design in secondary schools
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach art and design.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a professional development portfolio. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and some of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional certificate in education (PCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 Masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Course structure

Core modules

Two key academic modules plus assessed placements in school

Assessment

  • research projects
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

This course is aimed at those aiming to teach in secondary schools

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.



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