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Further Education and Training PGCE (Cert CertEd PROFGCE)

Course Description

About this course

The Further Education and Teaching PGCE provides a formal teaching qualification for people working, or wishing to work, in the further education sector. This could include a college of further education, a sixth form college or an organisation such as a private training company.

The programme has an excellent reputation and in 2007 we became the first post-compulsory teacher education provider in the country to be awarded an Ofsted Grade 1.

It comprises a partnership stretching across Sussex that includes full-time courses at the university and Northbrook College and part-time courses at City College Brighton, Sussex Downs College in Lewes and Eastbourne and Sussex Coast College in Hastings

If you already hold a degree, it is anticipated that you will graduate with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and there may also be an opportunity to gain masters-level credits. Applicants without a first degree will graduate with a Certificate in Education.

Course structure

Students who opt for the part-time route must be working in the post-16 sector, and are normally expected to continue teaching for at least 50 hours per academic year for the duration of the course.

For the part-time in-service route you will be required to attend one half-day session per week during college term times, in addition to your regular teaching commitments. The full-time route is aimed at those who are not currently teaching and is a combination of taught sessions at the university and a teaching placement at an appropriate institution.

The full-time route is taught on our Falmer campus. The part-time route takes place at our partner colleges; Sussex Coast College Hastings, Sussex Downs College (Lewes and Eastbourne) and City College Brighton and Hove.

Areas of study

The programme is delivered through seven modules on generic teaching and learning issues relevant to the post-compulsory sector, and reflecting the key areas identified in the new standards. It is endorsed under the Equipping our Teachers regulations 2007 originally managed by the Standards Verification UK (SVUK) but now under the control of the Institute for Learning (IfL). It meets the new Professional Standards for Teachers, Trainers and Tutors in the Lifelong Learning (post-compulsory) sector.


Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Planning and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Theories and Principles for Planning and Enabling Learning
Enabling Learning and Assessment
Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice
Action Learning for Subject Specialist Pedagogy
Professional Development and Wider Professional Practice.

Career opportunities

The course is part of the university's continuing professional development provision, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and others involved in training or development, whether professional or voluntary.

Credit-rated routes to the various awards enable students to build from certificate-level through diploma, first degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma to masters level.

Positions held by recent graduates include:
- HE Learning Mentor at Sussex Coast College (2010 graduate)
- Lecturer in Fashion Management with Marketing at Southampton Solent University (2010 graduate)
- Lecturer in Photography at Exeter College with Faculty responsibility for curriculum enhancement (2011 graduate)
- Course coordinator of Level 2 BTEC Creative Media Production at Alton College. (2012 graduate)
- ICT lecturer at Northbrook College in Worthing (2013 graduate)
- Science lecturer at City College, Brighton (2013 graduate)

The teachers we train are:
- highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
- inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
- quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
- an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
- well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

Visit the Further Education and Training PGCE (Cert CertEd PROFGCE) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

PGCE applicants must have an honours degree. Part-time applicants must be working in the post-16 sector and continue teaching for at least 50 hours a year within a post-compulsory education or training organisation concurrent with the course. Pre-service full-time applicants do not need teaching experience. Other industry experience relevant to their subject specialism is desirable.Part-time in-service applicants should have either GCSE English or an equivalent literacy qualification, or be able to demonstrate the ability to work at higher education level.Full-time pre-service applicants must have GCSE maths and English language at grade C or above or equivalent.

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