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PGCE Post-16 and Further Education

Course Description

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of post-16 and further education, previously known as post-compulsory education and training (PCET). It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in post-16 and further education, the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body (currently the Institute for Learning, IfL) and the sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-16 and further education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you:
-Develop as a teacher.
-Develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories.
-Engage with the latest developments in the post-16 and further education context.

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include: planning and preparing to teach; assessment for learning; teaching methods; behaviour for learning; using technology in teaching and learning; progression against the Teachers Standards; understanding your wider professional context.

Areas of post-16 and further education and training include: further education colleges; school sixth forms; higher education institutions; adult and community learning providers; private training companies; public services.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the post-16 and further education sector, who provide us with a wide range of placement opportunities.

For more information, visit the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-pgce-post16-and-further-education

Course structure

Full time – typically 1 year.
Part time – typically 2 years.
Starts September.
From 2015-16 the part-time route may be taught off-campus at a partner college.

-Introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
-The learner experience
-Professional practice 1 and 2
-Exploring your specialist context
-Extending teaching for learning

Assessment: assessment of practical teaching; presentations; planning and evaluation exercises; preparation of teaching materials; written assignments.

Other admission requirements

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them. If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/819

You must also complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-Functional skills English and functional skills maths.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

Visit the PGCE Post-16 and Further Education page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need: a good degree or equivalent; level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*. If you are already employed as a teacher or tutor these can be completed alongside the first year of the part-time PGCE qualification; experience of a post-16 / further education teaching environment, sufficient to demonstrate awareness of your subject or specialist context; the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education. See course description for further admission details.

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