The PGCE Post Compulsory is a professional course that will qualify you to teach in the lifelong learning sector. This sector offers you a breadth of potential employment routes including Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning and prison education.
We run a full-time and part-time PGCE Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and a part-time PGCE programme held at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.
The PGCE accommodates all subject specialisms. However an on offer of a place on the course is subject to the University securing a placement for you in your subject specialism area within one of our partnership colleges.
The modules you will cover in your studies are designed to complement your professional practice and the academic study you undertake will inform and be informed by your practice. You will study the following 6 modules:
• Introduction to teaching and learning
• Planning, teaching, learning and assessment
• Wider professional development
• Professional sector skills
• Curriculum design for inclusive practice
• Enhanced studies
You will develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning, as well as honing your subject specific teaching skills. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the functional skills of English, numeracy and ICT and will be able to integrate these into your teaching.
During the course you will be given the opportunity to obtain Masters level credits. You will be given the option to study three of the modules at level 7, obtaining 120 credits towards our Masters in Professional Learning and Education (MAPLE).
The course is designed for those seeking employment in the Post Compulsory sector and those who obtain thePGCE will not be eligible for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) required for teaching in the compulsory sector. The course is endorsed by Lifelong Learning UK and those obtaining the PGCE will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
Full-time students will spend the first 4 weeks of the course at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop the generic skills required for teaching and learning. Following this, you will spend 3 days a week on placement focusing on the practical elements of teaching, developing your skills in the delivery of your subject specialism as well as being thoroughly prepared for employment in the sector. The remaining 1 day a week is spent at University allowing full integration of theory and practice, and an opportunity to reflect and debate upon the diverse range of experiences with which you have engaged.
Whilst on placement you will be supported by a curriculum mentor as well as a personal tutor from the University. The placement is fully supported by the placement institution and the University – you will be offered guidance, advice and tips to support your professional development and practice.
Part-time student will attend three workshop days at University (Canterbury Campus) to develop your generic teaching and learning skills. Following this, you will spend 1 day a week on placement focusing on the same elements as mentioned previously for the full-time course. Each module will consist of attendance at three workshop days supported by e-learning in between each workshop over a two-year period from the start of study. As in the full-time route, you will be supported by a curriculum mentor at your placement as well as a personal tutor from the University.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.
This part-time programme will help students develop the generic skills needed to teach their own subject, or develop generic and specialist subject skills in either Mathematics (including Numeracy) or English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages).
Through taught sessions and mentored teaching practice in the workplace you will learn about employment in the sector, how to plan lessons in your subject, how to teach, engage and assess learners, how to manage the learning environment, and how to understand and use theory and research to broaden and improve your professional knowledge and expertise in teaching.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits or 135 credits (for English (including Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages) combined route only.
The programme consists of modules to the value of 120 credits (60 at Bachelor’s level and 60 at Master’s level) or, for those on the English (with Literacy & ESOL) combined route only, 135 credits (75 at Bachelor’s level and 60 at Master’s level).
All students on this programme will undertake a teaching practice placement and your development as a teacher will be assessed as part of the course. You will spend at least 120 hours, working with subject-specialist mentors who support you through your placement. We are fortunate to have a good choice of colleges and other providers, as well as some outstanding mentors in the field of post-compulsory teaching, with whom we work.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via taught sessions, (including lectures, presentations, discussions, and classroom group tasks), and a practical teaching element based in a partner-provider organisation, usually a further education college. You are also required to read widely and to carry out written assignments in your own time. The programme is assessed through written assignments, module tasks and formal and informal observations of practical teaching skills.
Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: PGCE Post-Compulsory Education (part-time)
In previous years government-funded bursaries have been available for students specialising in English (including ESOL and Literacy) or Mathematics with Numeracy. These will be available in 2018/19 but details have not yet been confirmed. Please see the Get Into Teaching website for more details.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working for a very diverse range of employers. They typically gain employment as lecturers, classroom teachers and/or managers in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, secondary schools, independent training providers, adult education services and prisons. The programme can also serve as route towards higher qualifications.
This course will help you gain employment in a wide range of educational settings in the post-compulsory sector, in other industrial and professional contexts, and also, increasingly, in schools. As well as learning improved subject-specialist knowledge and expertise in pedagogy and assessment, you will gain a wide range of highly transferable ‘people skills’ which are essential for teachers: including empathy, patience, listening, cultural awareness and sensitivity. Through your teaching practice placement, you will also gain awareness of aspects of workplace life and the norms of professional behavior, around respect for others, equality and diversity, health and safety, rights at work, line-management and appraisal, inspection and quality assurance procedures, etc.
The post-compulsory teacher education programmes at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) are designed to meet the training needs and qualification requirements of people who are working or would like to work in the post-compulsory sector.
Our post-compulsory PGCE qualifications are recognised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provide a basis for higher qualifications, such as Master’s degrees and professional doctorates.
Following their most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2013, our post-compulsory programmes were deemed outstanding and given a Grade 1 (the highest possible grade).
The programme leads to an award of a PGCE (post-compulsory) at level 7 (Master’s level), with a possible exit route at level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree level). Following successful completion of the programme, students may apply through the Educational and Training Foundation for the QTLS licence to practice in the sector. NB: QTLS is not part of the IOE programme.