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Education: Post-compulsory (PGCE)


Course Description

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training previously Post-Compulsory Education) is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes further education colleges and adult education. This course leads to QTLS, now equivalent to QTS.

The full-time course is designed for students who wish to enter the profession and can only be studied at our Harcourt Hill Campus.

The part-time course is designed for those already employed as teachers and trainers in the education and training sector - this might be in further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, the prison service, the armed forces or private training providers. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:
- City of Oxford College
- Reading College
- Swindon College

Leads towards the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-education-post-compulsory/

Why choose this course?

- The major part of the course is based on skills development, with exploration of theories covering learning and teaching, assessment and human interaction.

- The emphasis of the course is on the development of skills related to teaching groups and individuals. This includes planning, delivering, and assessing groups, and participation in course teams in terms of working with colleagues and peers. A critical analysis of the wider context is expected.

- You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teaching / training roles and be supported through a process of individual learning planning.

- Currently there are teacher shortages in construction, maths and numeracy, information technology, and health and social care - but students from other disciplines are welcome.

- The courses and students at further education (FE) colleges are diverse and the key requirements for teachers are enthusiasm, and the ability and motivation to teach and assess across a wide range of courses.

- Graduate students on both part-time and full-time courses may elect to study at master's level for part of the course, this gives an exemption of three modules from an MA in Education. This will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Professional accreditation

QTLS is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

This course in detail

You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teaching / training roles and be supported through a process of individual learning planning.

The courses and students at further education (FE) colleges are diverse and the key requirements for teachers are enthusiasm, and the ability and motivation to teach and assess across a wide range of courses.

You will cover the following aspects of teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector:
- assessing learners' needs
- planning and preparing teaching and learning programmes for groups and individuals
- developing and using a range of teaching and learning techniques
- managing the learning process
- providing learners with support
- assessing the outcomes of learning and learners' achievements
- reflecting on and evaluating your own performance, and planning for future practice
- working within a professional value base and conforming to agreed codes of professional practice.

Students on the full-time course will undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution. All students will be observed teaching in their setting or institution.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content may change from the details given here.

Teaching and learning

All tutors demonstrate good practice in delivery and assessment tasks and are role models for participants. Sessions will include lectures, group work, role plays, case studies, syndicate groups and one-to-one tutorials.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods, including presentations, assignments, practical projects and group work.

Several different people will observe you in your professional context. You will be required to present individually to your peer group, work collaboratively with your peers and participate in group presentations. Other methods used are:
- completing a portfolio of evidence
-a case study
- analysis of audio and video recordings
- reports and essays.

Careers

We have strong links with local partner colleges offering excellent employment prospects for students.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Education: Post-compulsory (PGCE) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission is open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional / vocational qualification relevant to the subject you wish to teach. Degrees which may be suitable are: Accountancy, Agricultural Studies, Business, Communication, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Nursing, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sciences, Sport and Leisure, Tourism. This list is not exhaustive.

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