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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 course provides a route into teaching in the post-compulsory education and training (PCET) sector, which includes vocational training, sixth form colleges and adult education. Read more
This course provides a route into teaching in the post-compulsory education and training (PCET) sector, which includes vocational training, sixth form colleges and adult education.

Course overview

The PGCE (PCET) is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector which includes sixth form colleges, further education colleges, vocational training and adult education.

The PGCE (PCET) is popular with graduates whose degree subjects are not widely taught in secondary schools, such as sports science, health and social care, psychology and dance. Our course equips you to educate adults and young people, sharing your knowledge and helping others fulfil their potential.

The full-time pre-service PGCE (PCET) is a robust, stable and popular provision with a great reputation. The programme benefits from its direct link to SUNCETT, one of the only 10 Centres for Excellence in this Sector. The programme is directly informed by both the national and international education research and development work of the team.

This pre-service course is for graduates who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an in-service part-time PGCE (PCET). The University, through its dedicated Placement Office, will help to arrange a minimum of 100-hours teaching practice placement in the Learning and Skills sector. This is a valuable opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning in the sector, under the guidance of a mentor in your subject specialist area.

Please note you will be expected to pay travel and subsistence costs relating to placements.

According to the 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality Further Education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

Ofsted has recognised key strengths of the programme:
-Retention, completion and achievement rates are consistently high
-Trainees and NQTs work with confidence and expertise to plan and teach lively, interesting and challenging lessons that enable learners to make progress and achieve
-Trainees and NQTs improve their learners’ English and mathematics skills
-Trainees and NQTs ensure that learners recognise the impact of the values of tolerance, respect for the law, democracy and equality on their day-to-day life and work

In addition, there is a specialist pathway for graduates wanting to teach English to adults. It would prepare you to teach English at a range of levels to learners in diverse settings such as Further Education colleges, adult and community education and offender learning. For some English-pathway students, bursaries may be available. Bursaries are reviewed by the government on an annual basis.

Course content

The course combines taught elements with practical teaching and professional development. Modules on this course include:
Theory-based modules
-Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
-Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in PCET (20 Credits)
-Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules
-Practical Teaching and Professional Development (total of 40 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work, as well as a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice placement. In each module, we encourage you to reflect upon your initial and continuing professional development.

The programme is led by a highly qualified team who are research active and lead on a number of national sector research projects. According to the Ofsted (2015) report, “in university-based training, trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching”.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has been a centre for training in education since 1908.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals, including full-text education journals dating back to 1965
-British Education Index, which contains information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK
-Australian Education Index, which covers more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice
-Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC), which is a comprehensive, searchable bibliographic and full-text database of research and information. Over 650 journals are indexed
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

On successful completion of the course you will have a PGCE PCET, the full award for teaching in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Your new qualification can open employment prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector. Previous graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas:
-Further Education colleges
-Sixth Form colleges
-Training organisations
-Prison education

Following successful completion of the course, and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

This course is also excellent preparation for continuing your studies via our Education MA.

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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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The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) course is for you if you are a graduate from a relevant subject looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification in order to teach learners aged 16+ in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. Read more
The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) course is for you if you are a graduate from a relevant subject looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification in order to teach learners aged 16+ in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector.

On the course you will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in Post-compulsory Education and your confidence as a professional practitioner. At the University, you will be encouraged to take responsibility for planning and managing your professional experiences and development as the course progresses, with the guidance of your personal tutor and your subject specialist workplace mentor. You will also experience a supported placement in one of our partner colleges enabling you to develop professionally with the support of an experienced subject specialist mentor.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) offers participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to helping future generations of students to improve their life chances. The teaching team have a huge range of experience in a variety of post-compulsory settings in the UK and overseas.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PcET) is one of a range of teaching qualifications offered by the School of Education. This course is designed for teaching in the post-compulsory education sector, with students aged 16+.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1137-professional-graduate-certificate-in-education-pcet

What you will study

The structure of the course corresponds to the learning and teaching cycle, and includes identifying needs, planning for learning, managing learning, assessment and evaluation of learning. Other themes include diversity, equal opportunities, inclusive learning, curriculum and policies in Post-compulsory Education. You will be encouraged and supported in developing your skills and understanding in language, literacy, numeracy and ICT, to the professionally required level, by addressing the minimum core requirements in these areas.

This course, like all teacher education courses, develops a very wide range of skills and aptitudes that can be applied in many different settings, though the focus is on your own personal, professional development as a subject teacher in this sector.

Our trainee teachers are drawn from a wide range of subjects which reflect those currently offered in our partner further education colleges.

Learning and teaching methods

Assessment is very closely connected to your own work activity and learning.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning, the work of many voluntary organisations and community development.

Assessment methods

Assessments include reports, group tasks, small scale research projects and practical teaching observation. There are no formal written exams. Your professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations, and a professional development portfolio.

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Want to share your knowledge and experience by teaching young people and adults? This part-time course will provide you with the necessary qualifications to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Read more
Want to share your knowledge and experience by teaching young people and adults? This part-time course will provide you with the necessary qualifications to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

Course overview

This PCET course is popular with graduates whose degree subjects are not widely taught in secondary school, such as sports science, health and social care, psychology and dance.

The part-time pre-service PCET is designed for professionals who want to share their knowledge and help others fulfil their potential, while combining study with work and family commitments.

Benefit from a minimum of 50 hours teaching practice per year in the learning and skills sector. This is a valuable opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning, under the guidance of a mentor in your specialist subject area. Please note you will be expected to pay travel and subsistence costs relating to placements.

According to the 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality further education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

The course is directly informed by the national and international research of the teaching team and benefits from its direct link to SUNCETT, our Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.

This pre-service course is for graduates who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an in-service part-time PCET course.

Course content

This course provides taught elements to guide and develop your practical teaching and make progress with your professional development. Modules on this course include:
Theory-based modules
-Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
-Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules
-Practical Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)
-Advanced Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Contact time is four hours per week in an encouraging and productive learning environment.

A team of highly experienced and research-active teachers and teacher-educators will help you develop your knowledge and refine your teacher practice. According to the Ofsted 2015 report “trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching.”

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include interactive teaching, classroom seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work and practical teaching workshops. Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summatively assessed observations of teaching.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books related to social studies, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
-Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
-Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
-Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

This course is a route into teaching, which can be a rewarding career with excellent job security. According to the University and College Union (UCU), typical salary at advanced teacher and training level is £40,000.

Your new qualification can open prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector and many institutions provide full-time employment to students after completing their teaching practice.

Eight of the top ten occupations are related to education, including teachers and teaching assistants (HECA 2014). Graduates of this course have been employed in the following areas:
-Adult and compulsory education centres
-Sixth Form colleges
-General or specialist college of further education
-Prison and youth offender organisations
-Commercial and voluntary sector training

This course is also excellent preparation for continuing your studies via our Education MA.

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Aspire to teach? This PGCE PCET course will put you on the right track to becoming a teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Read more
Aspire to teach? This PGCE PCET course will put you on the right track to becoming a teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

Course overview

The course is popular with graduates from subjects that are not widely taught in secondary school, such as health and social care, psychology, sport science and dance.

This part-time pre-service PGCE PCET course is ideal for professionals who want to share their knowledge and teach young people and adults, while combining study with work and family commitments.

Explore theory in practice through a minimum of 50 hours teaching practice per year in the learning and skills sector. Benefit from the opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning real-world classroom setting. Improve your teaching skills, reflect on your progress and learn under the guidance of a mentor in your specialist subject area. Please note you will be expected to pay travel and subsistence costs.

According to the 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality further education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

The course is directly informed by the national and international research of the teaching team, and benefits from its direct link to SUNCETT, our Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.

This pre-service course is for graduates who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an in-service part-time PGCE (PCET) course.

Course content

This course provides taught elements to guide and develop your practical teaching and make progress with your professional development. Modules on this course include:
Theory-based modules
-Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
-Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-Compulsory Education and Teaching (20 Credits)
-Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules
-Practical Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)
-Advanced Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Contact time is four hours per week in an encouraging and productive learning environment.

A team of highly experienced and research-active teachers and teacher-educators will help you develop your knowledge and refine your teacher practice. According to the Ofsted 2015 report “trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching.”

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include interactive teaching, classroom seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work and practical teaching workshops. Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summatively assessed observations of teaching.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books related to social studies, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
-Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
-Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
-Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

This course is a route into teaching, which can be a rewarding career with excellent job security. According to the University and College Union (UCU), typical salary at advanced teacher and training level is £40,000.

Your new qualification can open prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector and many institutions provide full-time employment to students after completing their teaching practice.

Following successful completion of the course and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Eight of the top ten occupations are related to education, including teachers and teaching assistants (HECA 2014). Graduates from this course have been employed in the following areas:
-Adult and compulsory education centres
-Sixth Form colleges
-General or specialist college of further education
-Prison and youth offender organisations
-Commercial and voluntary sector training

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This one-year programme of initial teacher training/education is specifically designed for those wanting to teach in post-compulsory contexts. Read more
This one-year programme of initial teacher training/education is specifically designed for those wanting to teach in post-compulsory contexts.

It has been designed to accommodate the learning and development requirements of teachers, lecturers, vocational trainers in industry, commerce or other professions such as higher, further, adult, community and nurse education, school sixth forms and for those delivering the 14-19 curriculum within a school or other setting. The PGCE programme addresses a range of teaching subjects and vocational areas and is suitable for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory or the lifelong learning sector.

We aim to:

Enable you to explore, build on and further develop the professional skills, set of competencies, knowledge and understanding needed for successful teaching and training in the post-compulsory education and training sector.
Develop knowledge and understanding of the skills required to engage learners, promote learning and maximise learning potential.
Introduce you to the factors needed to be considered in order to promote an inclusive learning environment and meet the needs of a diverse range of learners with individual learning needs.
Provide you with the opportunity to review educational debates, investigate issues surrounding teaching and learning and develop higher level analytic and empirical skills and research capacity/competency.
Explore a range of sources and empirical data that impact on teaching and learning in post-compulsory education and training.
Prepare teachers for the post compulsory sector who are reflexive and committed to the profession.
All above aims are cognisance of prevailing policy within the sector.

This course provides you with an opportunity to review educational debates, investigate issues surrounding learning and teaching, and develop higher level analytic and empirical skills. It will provide substantive learning and practical opportunities for professional practice and training.

The full-time course marks the beginning of a period of professional development which will extend into your career as a teacher.

The overall aims of the course are to prepare you for the role as an autonomous professional, who views teaching as a co-operative enterprise and to recognise the need for continuing professional development.

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Our well-established part-time programmes are specifically designed to accommodate the training requirements for occupational settings. Read more
Our well-established part-time programmes are specifically designed to accommodate the training requirements for occupational settings. These include industry, commerce and other professions as well as higher, further, community and nurse education.

This course is concerned with teaching and learning in post-compulsory contexts of education and training.

It has been specifically designed for those engaged in teaching/training activities in post-compulsory contexts. It has been designed to accommodate the learning and development requirements of teachers, lecturers, vocational trainers in industry, commerce or other professions such as higher, further, adult, community and nurse education, school sixth forms and for those delivering the 14-19 curriculum within a school or other setting. The PGCE programme addresses a range of teaching subjects and vocational areas and is suitable for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory or the lifelong learning sector.

This course marks the beginning of a period of professional development which aims to enhance your role. The aim of the course is to prepare you as an autonomous professional, who views learning as a co-operative enterprise and recognises the need for continuing professional development.

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COURSE OVERVIEW. This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). Read more
COURSE OVERVIEW
This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). This includes further education, adult education, work-based training and community education.

Students will acquire the necessary skills to work as a teacher in PCET by undertaking practice-based placements as well as course work.

Students studying for a PGCE PCET at Birmingham City University will benefit from our strong partnerships, as well as learning from expert teaching staff and professionals in the workplace. We have a national reputation for our teaching education, which prepares trainees to tackle teaching in a challenging 21st century environment.

Trainees learn in a productive, modern and supportive learning environment at the faculty and can take advantage of sophisticated facilities and resources.

KEY FACTS
This course is a nationally-recognised qualification for graduates teaching in further education.

The course features a subject specialist part-time route which trains you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and also covers adult literacy and language teaching.

We have partnership arrangements with most of the large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units and a number of training agencies and private providers.

Full-time trainees undertake at least 150 hours of teaching in their main subject area and are all supported by a subject specialist mentor.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The course begins in September. Those on the full-time, one-year course will spend two days each week at the University and three days a week on placement.

Those enrolling on the generic part-time course, which will take two years to complete, will attend classes at the University one evening each week and will spend at least one day a week on placements each year.

Those enrolling on the ESOL/Literacy and Language part-time course, which will take two years to complete, will attend classes at the Brasshouse Language Centre (one three hour session per week) and will have at least one day a week on placements per year.

Gaining practical teaching experience is central to the course.

Students on the full-time course are required to teach for at least 150 hours over the duration of the course and to spend at least 60 days on placements. Students on the part-time course are required to teach for at least 100 hours and to spend at least 50 days on placements per year.

MODULES
• Introduction to Education and Training
• Professional Development in Teaching Practice
• Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
• Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources
• Practised Based Inquiry
• ESOL, Literacy and the Learners
• ESOL, and Literacy Theories and Frameworks

Students will receive support and professional guidance from a University tutor and a work-based mentor who will monitor them during the practice of teaching.

ASSESSMENTS
Assessments are made on the basis of coursework assignments, the practice of teaching and related tasks the completion of the Professional and Minimum Core Standards. There is no final examination, however, all parts of the course must be satisfactorily completed before the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education and Training can be made.

These awards do not confer a license to practice but do form a route to Qualified Teacher/Tutor/Trainer Learning and Skills (QTLS). The PGCE PCET does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status which is required for school teaching.

EMPLOYABILITY
This course allows you to progress your career in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training sector and forms part of the route towards attaining QTLS. A high number of our trainees take up teaching positions in further education colleges, sixth form centres or training agencies.

FURTHER STUDY
The MA Education and Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) are flexible part-time programmes intended for those working in all education sectors, in work-based training environments or those who may have a general interest in education. Those gaining the postgraduate qualification will be entitled to enter our MA Education or MTL programme with advanced standing.

HOW TO APPLY
All applications for 2014 entry need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website. For more information on how to apply for a teacher training course please visit the UCAS how-it-all-works information page on the website. The UCAS Teacher Training helpline number is 0871 468 0 469.

Full-time course code: X341

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Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET). Read more
Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET). It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in post-16 and further education, the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body (currently the Institute for Learning, IfL) and the sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-16 and further education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you:
-Develop as a teacher.
-Develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories.
-Engage with the latest developments in the post-16 and further education context.

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include: planning and preparing to teach; assessment for learning; teaching methods; behaviour for learning; using technology in teaching and learning; progression against the Teachers Standards; understanding your wider professional context.

Areas of post-16 and further education and training include: further education colleges; school sixth forms; higher education institutions; adult and community learning providers; private training companies; public services.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the post-16 and further education sector, who provide us with a wide range of placement opportunities.

For more information, visit the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-pgce-post16-and-further-education

Course structure

Full time – typically 1 year.
Part time – typically 2 years.
Starts September.
From 2015-16 the part-time route may be taught off-campus at a partner college.

Modules
-Introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
-The learner experience
-Professional practice 1 and 2
-Exploring your specialist context
-Extending teaching for learning

Assessment: assessment of practical teaching; presentations; planning and evaluation exercises; preparation of teaching materials; written assignments.

Other admission requirements

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them. If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/819

You must also complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-Functional skills English and functional skills maths.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

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The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy /Adult Numeracy / ESOL is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. Read more
The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy /Adult Numeracy / ESOL is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. If you already hold a teaching qualification such as a Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE or PcET PGCE or Cert Ed, then this course is for you. Students choose one pathway from a choice of three as their specialism:

* Adult Literacy & Communication
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1543-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-adult-literacy-and-communication
* Adult Numeracy & Maths
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1544-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-adult-numeracy-and-maths
* ESOL
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1545-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-esol

The specialist certificate provides you with the opportunity to review and extend your subject knowledge, and develop professionally. You will be challenged to look at your teaching practice afresh and to develop new insights and approaches to your teaching. You will be guided and supported by our specialist teacher educators, all of whom are experienced teachers in their field, enthusiastic about their subject and committed to enhancing your experience. You will also be encouraged to learn from others in the group, share good practice and develop links with teachers from other organisations.

Throughout the course you will share ideas about learning and teaching, and form new professional networks and friendships. Our dedicated teaching staff will support you in developing your own confidence, and understanding of, your subject.

On completion, you will gain a Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy & Communication OR Adult Numeracy & Maths OR ESOL.

What you study

You study in a subject-specialist cohort with opportunities to share good practice and professional experience with others in the group.

You will deepen your understanding of English language, literacy or numeracy (as appropriate) as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts in your subject, as well as the development of your own personal skills in the subject area.

Learning & Assessment methods

Through assignments such as individual student case studies, presentations and seminars, teaching practice and reflections on theory and practice, you will extend your own practice and deepen your understanding of learning and teaching in your specialist subject.

We will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of your subject. You will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of your subject, and to develop your own considered approach to teaching language, literacy or numeracy.

Where Next?

It is expected that the specialist certificate will increasingly become a requirement in the sector. Furthermore, evidence from past years shows that completion of such courses enhances the career and employment potential of course members. The University's MA Education programme offers specialist routes for further, advanced study including the MA TESOL.

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The Post-compulsory Education & Training PGCE / CertEd is for you if you are looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. Read more
The Post-compulsory Education & Training PGCE / CertEd is for you if you are looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. This flexible part time teaching course allows students to work whilst studying and is suitable for graduates and non-graduates. Anyone currently engaged in full or part time teaching/training or for those who intend to embark upon a teaching career in the post compulsory education sector or as a trainer can apply.

You will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in PcET to develop your confidence as a professional practitioner. On the course at the University of South Wales, you will have an excellent opportunity to share good practice, creative and innovative teaching and learning strategies and resource materials with others, from a wide range of subject areas as well as your own. This in-service programme promotes a high level of student participation and engagement through discussion and a varied range of learner centred activities.

The course meets professional standards in Wales. You can achieve a PGCE/Certificate in Education that is either a generic qualification for teaching most subjects or a PGCE/Cert Ed, with a particular focus on teaching Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL.


What you study
The first year of the programme is designed to develop a range of essential teaching skills, increase knowledge of the learning process and introduce a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies. Four modules will be completed during the first year:
• Preparing to Teach (10 credits)
• Foundations of Learning and Teaching (10 credits)
• Planning and Assessment (20 credits)
• Professional Development and Practice 1 (20 credits)*

* This module will include the completion of 75 hours of practical teaching experience and four observed lessons in the workplace.

The second year of the programme will engage you in curriculum planning and research activities designed to enhance professional skills. Three modules will be completed during the second year:
• Widening Professional Practice (20 credits)
• Curriculum Development for Inclusive Learning (20 credits)
• Professional Development and Practice 2** (20 credits)

**A further 75 hours of teaching experience will be completed in the second year.


Where Next?
It is expected that soon all teachers in the sector in Wales will possess or be working towards the required professional qualifications for teachers. In addition to this formal requirement, evidence from past years shows that completion of the course enhances the career and employment potential of course members.

Progression routes include study at degree level for non graduates and study at Masters’ level for those who wish to continue with postgraduate studies.

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This is a part-time degree which provides continuing professional development (CPD) for providers of lifelong learning (or post-compulsory education and training), whatever their subject specialism. Read more
This is a part-time degree which provides continuing professional development (CPD) for providers of lifelong learning (or post-compulsory education and training), whatever their subject specialism.

Course Overview

The programme is particularly suited to professionals who have completed an initial teaching qualification such as the Cert Ed/ PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

Modules

Part I (Taught):
1.Current and Future Issues and Policy Environment of PDET
2.Learning, teaching and assessment in PDET
3.Leadership and management in PDET
4.Research methodology for PDET

Part II (Research):
Dissertation (Double module)

The student negotiates a suitable PDET-related research topic with the programme team and has a personal tutor for supervision. We encourage a wide and diverse range of research topics. One-to-one meetings take place at mutually convenient times.

Key Features

As examples, the following 'constituencies' have been represented on the programme:
-Full or part-time teachers/lecturers/tutors/administrators in further education, adult/community education and higher education
-Those with responsibility for CPD, skills/vocational training, or management in training organisations, SME's, large companies, the voluntary sector, local and national government, trade unions, NHS, armed forces, police, prison, fire and ambulance services
-Self-employed trainers or education and training consultants
-Teachers in the secondary education sector working mainly with the upper age groups, or in primary/secondary with special responsibility for the CPD of their colleagues

Assessment

All modules are at Level 7 (Masters). The degree requires 180 credit points. Part one carries 120, part two 60. Assessment is through coursework assignments and dissertation.

Career Opportunities

Students on this programme work in a wide variety of educational and training settings. The ability to learn from a diverse peer group is an importance resource which is fully utilised. MA PDET Graduates have a proven history of professional development and promotion.

Professional Accreditations

The programme is accredited with the Higher Education Academy, aligned with membership criteria up to Senior Fellow level.

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*Subject to validation by the University of Portsmouth. Read more
*Subject to validation by the University of Portsmouth

What will I learn?

Building on a strong science foundation, the course is designed to expand your knowledge of zoo animal biology and refine your research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour, population management and the wider roles of the modern zoo such as visitor learning.

In addition to traditional lectures and seminars, units are delivered using the practical resources of our Animal Management Centre, industry specific software and databases, conference attendance, guest speakers and off-site visits. Links are encouraged to external organisations, commercial companies and collaborative research projects.

How will I be assessed?

Units are assessed by a mix of coursework, practical assessments, exams, case studies and project work. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical evaluation and research skills with the use of formative assessments throughout the programme of study.

Where can I go from here?

Career pathways include zoo or conservation research, environmental education or zoo management. Alternatively you may choose to study a doctorate or a career in lecturing.

Units Covered

Research Project and Research Methods
The research project enables students to undertake a detailed experimental study in a chosen area to develop analytical research skills with the support of dedicated supervisors. The student profile is developed throughout the programme, utilising a range of advanced academic and research skills with an emphasis on the practical industry applications of research findings. Interpretation and critical evaluation of current research findings will enable the student to further develop links between the zoo industry and the scientific community.

Evidence-based Husbandry

Zoo husbandry has traditionally relied on inference and anecdote but the need for an evidence based approach is now well documented. Practical application of species biology will be considered and developed alongside a range of methods that can be utilised to evaluate current welfare and husbandry standards. Behavioural analysis and enclosure utilisation studies will underpin this approach, along with wider consideration of health and nutrition.

Contemporary issues in Zoo Biology

This unit sets the historical context of zoos and considers their evolution. The roles of the modern zoo are considered in line with the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy with future trends identified and considered. Population management and conservation biology are discussed and applied to modern zoo theory with the use of industry specific software (for example ZIMS) integrated into this delivery.

Visitor Studies and Interpretation

Education is arguably the most important role of the modern zoo. This unit explores how visitors engage with and learn from the numerous opportunities provided within the zoo, drawing on the principles of interpretation, exhibitry and recreational learning theory. It explores the cultural and social context of the zoo and investigates visitor motivation and expectations. Methods of delivering the zoo message will be considered with evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of provision a key theme.

Course Tutor
Steve Nash MSc, PGCE (PCET), BSc (Hons), Dip Zoo An Man, SFHEA

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Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision. Read more
Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision.

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement, or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer within the SEN context and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in post-16 and further education, the new Diploma in Education and Training for Disabled Learners (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body, currently the Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-16 and further education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you:
-Develop as a teacher in special educational needs.
-Develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories.
-Engage with the latest developments for special educational needs in the post-16 and further education context.

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include:
-Planning and preparing to teach.
-Assessment for learning.
-Teaching methods.
-Behaviour for learning.
-Using technology in teaching and learning.
-Progression against the professional standards.
-Understanding your wider professional context.

Areas of post-16 and further education and training include:
-Further education colleges.
-School sixth forms.
-Higher education institutions.
-Adult and community learning providers.
-Private training companies.
-Public services.
-14-19 educational providers.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these 60 credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the post-16 and further education sector, who provide you with a wide range of placement opportunities.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification, you can study our CertEd Post-16 Education and Training. This route is not available with the special educational needs specialism.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-pgce-post16-and-further-education-special-educational-needs

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site: http://www.shu.ac.uk/teach/

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (EtF).

Course structure

Full time – typically 1 year. Starts September.

Modules
-Introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
-The learner experience (SEN)
-Professional practice 1 and 2 (SEN)
-Exploring your specialist context (SEN)
-Extending teaching for learning

Assessment: assessment of practical teaching; presentations; planning and evaluation exercises; preparation of teaching materials; written assignments.

Other admission requirements

If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit, although you will need to complete all the specialist modules. We actively support widening participation and normally interview all applicants who demonstrate on application that they meet our entry criteria.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-Functional skills English and functional skills maths.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

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