This PGCE programme is for those wishing to teach in the post-compulsory sector (Further Education and sixth form). It is not a school teaching qualification but there are now employment opportunities in some schools for post-16 teachers, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects. Applicants who do not have a degree should enrol on the Certificate in Education programme (see separate information).
The aim of the PGCE (PC) programme is to prepare students to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching within post-16 education and undertake a full teaching role. All course work is related to the actual teaching practice situation, and this balance between theory and application underpins the programme. It is taught in 13 Partner Colleges across the North West and covers all the requirements of a DTLLS qualification (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector).
The PGCE course leads to an essential qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the Lifelong Learning Sector (post-compulsory education). The certificate is designed for those who intend to take on a full teaching role, having responsibility for learners throughout the learning process and engaging in teaching at a range of academic levels within their subject specialism. The programme will introduce students to planning and principles of learning, learning media, methods of teaching, learning and assessment, and the underpinning educational theory to support their teaching practice. Every student has a subject specialist mentor who provides support and guidance in the teaching of their curriculum subject.
A popular feature of this course is the opportunity to undertake some action research in your own teaching environment and to implement and evaluate change. Some trainees' projects are published in an annual journal so that other teachers and trainees can benefit from their findings