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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 15 weeks

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  • Course Fees

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Course content

The Returning and Supply Teachers course is for you if you’re a qualified teacher looking to update your existing teaching qualification. The University of South Wales is one of just a few universities to provide such a course which meets the requirements for all teachers who have been out of the profession for five years.

It will prepare you for a return to teaching in a primary school, or for a move from secondary to primary school teaching. If you’re in regular supply work and looking to obtain a long-term or permanent teaching appointment this course may also be beneficial.

The Returning and Supply Teachers University Certificate is not a conversion course, but is designed to further your professional development, and help with new opportunities. The course will give you the confidence to apply for teaching posts with the knowledge that you will be able to speak with recent and relevant experience.

On the course you will study with other qualified teachers and will review, enhance and consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding of successful practice in primary education. You’ll benefit from the expertise of the course team, and have the opportunity to develop your confidence as a professional practitioner. You will also become familiar with recent developments in education systems, methods and practices.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1283-university-certificate-returning-and-supply-teachers-course

What you will study

This part-time course centres around spending 15 Wednesdays in university, starting in February. The days in university are varied and include lectures, discussions, practical activities and where appropriate informal tutorials.In addition, you will complete 10 days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position.

The course serves to deliver the necessary components for teachers who have been out of teaching for five years or more, to be able to apply to the GTCW to return to the profession. Without some training of this kind teachers who have been out of the profession for this length of time are not able to return. Therefore an already popular course is becoming even more so.

The course covers all National Curriculum subjects in the context of the classroom and will include an emphasis on the Foundation Phase in Wales and its seven areas of learning. Issues of assessment, management and resourcing are discussed as an integral part of these studies, and the course provides an opportunity to explore recent and relevant changes and innovations. It is structured to provide plenty of practical experience supported by the relevant theory.

In addition to attending lectures and placement, you will benefit from professional guidance and support on making job applications, writing a curriculum vitae and interview techniques.

Work and Study Placements

You will complete 10 days or equivalent working in schools, in either a voluntarily or paid position, in addition to the 15 days in university. The classroom experience is undertaken as an opportunity to develop confidence, skills and understanding.

This part of the programme must be arranged by you and may be tailored to suit individual requirements. To complete the course successfully a pass in the assignment is required. The assignment is a reflective log based upon the ten days in school.

Learning and teaching methods

The University Certificate Returning and Supply Teachers course runs one day a week, currently on a Wednesday, for fifteen weeks beginning in February. Each session covers a National Curriculum subject of learning or another important theme.

The days are varied and involve a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, workshops, practical activities, directed and independent learning, and where appropriate informal tutorials.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework and includes one assignment, which involves the recording of a reflective school diary based on the ten days spent in the primary school of your choice, in order to obtain maximum advantage from the classroom experience.

Employment Prospects

This course enables those teachers who have lost contact with current practice to return to the classroom. In addition, many teachers who originally qualified as secondary school teachers have found the course helpful in obtaining work in the primary sector, and currently employed supply teachers have been able to secure permanent posts.

Visit the Returning & Supply Teachers Course (University Certificate) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!




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