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PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training


Course Description

COURSE OVERVIEW
This level 7 course seeks to train and support student teachers in the field of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET). This includes further education, adult education, work-based training and community education.

Students will acquire the necessary skills to work as a teacher in PCET by undertaking practice-based placements as well as course work.

Students studying for a PGCE PCET at Birmingham City University will benefit from our strong partnerships, as well as learning from expert teaching staff and professionals in the workplace. We have a national reputation for our teaching education, which prepares trainees to tackle teaching in a challenging 21st century environment.

Trainees learn in a productive, modern and supportive learning environment at the faculty and can take advantage of sophisticated facilities and resources.

KEY FACTS
This course is a nationally-recognised qualification for graduates teaching in further education.

The course features a subject specialist part-time route which trains you to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and also covers adult literacy and language teaching.

We have partnership arrangements with most of the large further education colleges in the West Midlands, as well as prison education units and a number of training agencies and private providers.

Full-time trainees undertake at least 150 hours of teaching in their main subject area and are all supported by a subject specialist mentor.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The course begins in September. Those on the full-time, one-year course will spend two days each week at the University and three days a week on placement.

Those enrolling on the generic part-time course, which will take two years to complete, will attend classes at the University one evening each week and will spend at least one day a week on placements each year.

Those enrolling on the ESOL/Literacy and Language part-time course, which will take two years to complete, will attend classes at the Brasshouse Language Centre (one three hour session per week) and will have at least one day a week on placements per year.

Gaining practical teaching experience is central to the course.

Students on the full-time course are required to teach for at least 150 hours over the duration of the course and to spend at least 60 days on placements. Students on the part-time course are required to teach for at least 100 hours and to spend at least 50 days on placements per year.

MODULES
• Introduction to Education and Training
• Professional Development in Teaching Practice
• Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
• Analysis of Inclusive Learning Resources
• Practised Based Inquiry
• ESOL, Literacy and the Learners
• ESOL, and Literacy Theories and Frameworks

Students will receive support and professional guidance from a University tutor and a work-based mentor who will monitor them during the practice of teaching.

ASSESSMENTS
Assessments are made on the basis of coursework assignments, the practice of teaching and related tasks the completion of the Professional and Minimum Core Standards. There is no final examination, however, all parts of the course must be satisfactorily completed before the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education and Training can be made.

These awards do not confer a license to practice but do form a route to Qualified Teacher/Tutor/Trainer Learning and Skills (QTLS). The PGCE PCET does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status which is required for school teaching.

EMPLOYABILITY
This course allows you to progress your career in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training sector and forms part of the route towards attaining QTLS. A high number of our trainees take up teaching positions in further education colleges, sixth form centres or training agencies.

FURTHER STUDY
The MA Education and Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) are flexible part-time programmes intended for those working in all education sectors, in work-based training environments or those who may have a general interest in education. Those gaining the postgraduate qualification will be entitled to enter our MA Education or MTL programme with advanced standing.

HOW TO APPLY
All applications for 2014 entry need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website. For more information on how to apply for a teacher training course please visit the UCAS how-it-all-works information page on the website. The UCAS Teacher Training helpline number is 0871 468 0 469.

Full-time course code: X341

Visit the PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

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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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 application to the course, it is also necessary to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics. Please note we do not accept Level 2 in numeracy or literacy as an equivalent.

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