- To provide a core professional training in teaching for staff working in the area of post-compulsory education.
- To provide opportunities for staff additionally to pursue relevant areas of professional educational interest in greater depth through Professional Practice Units.
- To equip staff to understand and work with professional, organisational and policy change in this area of education
- To provide an effective base for further personal and professional development by the encouragement of reflective practice
- To enable participants to gain Qualified Teacher: Learning and Skills status (QTLS) and associated awards.
Why choose this course?
You will develop the professional and practical skills required of a teacher working in post compulsory education. The post compulsory sector encompasses a wide range of organisations from general FE colleges to universities, prisons, businesses and the voluntary sector, providing a diverse choice of employment opportunities.
Career Management Skills
This course is primarily `in-service (although a pre-service route is available at certain locations), which means that all participants will already be employed in a teaching role within the post compulsory sector. QTLS is now required of all new teachers in state-funded further education. It is available not only to new entrants to teaching, but also to established staff who do not hold a recognised teaching qualification, as a portal to promotion and advancement.
In 2011, the Secretary of State has implemented Recommendation 9 of the Wolf Report on vocational education, that QTLS should be accepted as equivalent to QTS as a qualification for teaching in the compulsory sector.
The Certificate in Education (PCE) is also accepted as the generic teaching qualification for non-graduate staff in other more specialised areas of post-compulsory education and training, including public services (including uniformed services and the military), business training, and adult education.
The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire
graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development. In doing this you will refine, form and reform your own principles, perspectives and values in relation to professional teaching practice. On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the childrens and schools workforce agenda.
Career/Further study opportunities
Teachers of adult basic skills (literacy, numeracy and ESOL) are required to possess additional accredited qualifications beyond the Cert Ed/QTLS; the university has a programme of dedicated Diplomas in these areas (and in mentoring, tutoring and ICT) which are offered in the college centres as required.
Grantham College - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/professional-graduate-certificate-in-education6
Bedford College - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/professional-graduate-certificate-in-education12
Barnfield College - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/professional-graduate-certificate-in-education3
Central Bedfordshire College (Dunstable) - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/professional-graduate-certificate-in-education4
Bedford Campus - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/professional-graduate-certificate-in-education2