The Post-compulsory Education & Training PGCE / CertEd is for you if you are looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach in further education and the broader post-compulsory sector. This flexible part time teaching course allows students to work whilst studying and is suitable for graduates and non-graduates. Anyone currently engaged in full or part time teaching/training or for those who intend to embark upon a teaching career in the post compulsory education sector or as a trainer can apply.
You will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in PcET to develop your confidence as a professional practitioner. On the course at the University of South Wales, you will have an excellent opportunity to share good practice, creative and innovative teaching and learning strategies and resource materials with others, from a wide range of subject areas as well as your own. This in-service programme promotes a high level of student participation and engagement through discussion and a varied range of learner centred activities.
The course meets professional standards in Wales. You can achieve a PGCE/Certificate in Education that is either a generic qualification for teaching most subjects or a PGCE/Cert Ed, with a particular focus on teaching Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL.
What you study The first year of the programme is designed to develop a range of essential teaching skills, increase knowledge of the learning process and introduce a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies. Four modules will be completed during the first year: • Preparing to Teach (10 credits) • Foundations of Learning and Teaching (10 credits) • Planning and Assessment (20 credits) • Professional Development and Practice 1 (20 credits)*
* This module will include the completion of 75 hours of practical teaching experience and four observed lessons in the workplace.
The second year of the programme will engage you in curriculum planning and research activities designed to enhance professional skills. Three modules will be completed during the second year: • Widening Professional Practice (20 credits) • Curriculum Development for Inclusive Learning (20 credits) • Professional Development and Practice 2** (20 credits)
**A further 75 hours of teaching experience will be completed in the second year.
Where Next? It is expected that soon all teachers in the sector in Wales will possess or be working towards the required professional qualifications for teachers. In addition to this formal requirement, evidence from past years shows that completion of the course enhances the career and employment potential of course members.
Progression routes include study at degree level for non graduates and study at Masters’ level for those who wish to continue with postgraduate studies.