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.
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.
The course combines taught elements with practical teaching and professional development. Modules on this course include:
-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)
-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.
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
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
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.