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.
Visit the PGCE Post Compulsory Education page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!
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