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PGCE Post-16 and Further Education (Special Educational Needs)

Course Description

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.

-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

Visit the PGCE Post-16 and Further Education (Special Educational Needs) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need: a good degree or equivalent; level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*; experience in a special educational needs context, preferably in a post-16 or further education teaching environment, and a sound understanding of the context; 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; the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education. See course description for further admission details.

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