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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills)


Course Description

About the course

This Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised and established teaching qualification for the sector. It will equip you to teach in a variety of environments such as FE colleges, academies and schools (post-14), adult and community education, work based learning, training providers, prisons, and public services.

The course is designed to develop your teaching skills. We’ll help you to reflect on your practice and develop as a teacher. You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional module that suits your own needs and preferences.

In April 2012, Ofsted awarded our initial teacher training FE and skills provision a grade 1 (‘outstanding’) for training and assessment of its trainees. The inspectors reported on our: ‘outstanding training and assessment which results in trainees being highly reflective of their practice and possessing a good understanding of their own professional development needs.’ You will also be taught by an experienced team who have published books and articles relating to teaching in the sector.

What you'll study

During the first semester, you will study two full days a week at the University and will be on teaching placement for two days. This early integration into teaching will help you to apply the theory and skills you’re acquiring in practice. It will also give you a sound grounding in the ethos of working within the sector. You will be assigned a subject mentor on your placement and a teacher training mentor from the University who will guide and advise you throughout the course.

During the second semester you will undertake a six-week block placement to experience the wider role of the teacher and establish and enhance your knowledge and skills from the initial placement. You will also complete a week in a different setting. This is a popular activity and was recognised by Ofsted: ‘A particularly successful and productive feature of the provision is the alternative placement during which trainees visit and observe in an unfamiliar setting.’

Visit the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills) page on the University of Derby website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least lower second) in a subject suitable for teaching in the further education (FE) and skills sector, and evidence of knowledge of the UK FE and skills sector. We will invite you to interview.

Last Updated

20 January 2017

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