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Post-Compulsory Education and Training - PGCE


Birmingham City University Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Full time September PGCE Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Are you looking to gain a nationally-recognised teaching qualification in post-compulsory education and training (PCET)? If so, our PGCE PCET is for you. You'll benefit from our strong partnerships with organisations and colleges outside of the University as well as workshops and the superb support offered by tutors and mentors.

What's covered in the course?

We match your degree subject (in any subject area) to one of the PCET specialisms that we offer:

  • Arts, Media and Performance
  • English, Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science and Technology

The means you could have a degree in subject to apply for this course and we will place you in one of the umbrella categories above. For example, if you have a degree in

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will have (or expect to achieve before enrolment) a Bachelor's Honours degree, at lower Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent.

The content of your previous experience and education should provide the necessary foundation for work as a teacher.

At the point of enrolment to the course, it is also necessary to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

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Student Profile(s)

Jemima Wairia

1591.JPG I chose the PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training course at Birmingham City University because it offered me a lot of flexibility. I was able to choose whether I wanted to do a Level 6 or 7 PGCE and I also had the option of choosing to teach Prison Education as part of my placement. Coming from a criminology background, the link the University has with the Offender Learning institution was very attractive.

I find the workshops most enjoyable, especially when we have guest speakers. The workshops are all divided according to subject specialisms and are a good way of showing continuous professional development (CPD).

The relationship I have with my tutors is excellent. Everyone is treated as a professional and we are not seen as students or trainees. The support from my tutors is excellent – I meet regularly with my personal development tutor, as well as the course director. They are easy to get hold of and are always there should times get tough.

Currently, I am on work placement at HMP Winson Green for three days a week. Prior to being offered a place at Birmingham City University I opted for Prison Education and, together with my peers who had chosen this route we were taken for a visit to the prison.

The library on City North Campus is very up to date and has all the resources you could need, especially for students studying teaching. I also like the Students’ Union as it gives students the opportunity to get together. I am a member of the Christian Union and have been since joining the University.

In terms of my future, for the time being I would like to remain teaching in Prison Education for a while longer. My long-term goal is to do a Master’s and progress into teaching in Higher Education.

I would advise students to make sure that teaching is really what they want to do before taking on this course. I’d also recommend you create a good rapport with your mentor whilst on placement – this could be something taken into account if they decide to employ you. Finally, make the most of your tutors’ help and support, keep in touch with other classmates and share teaching ideas with other students and teachers.


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