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Education (Adult Literacy and Communication) (PGCE)

Course Description

This course is for those looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to teach Adult Literacy and Communication in further, adult or community education or other post-compulsory settings.

On the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Adult Literacy and Communication) you will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required for teaching students over the age of 16. At the University, you will develop your understanding of your specialism including knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts as well as the development of your own personal skills.

For a substantial part of the course you will study in a specialist group. At other times you will study in a larger group, alongside those planning to teach other subjects at post-16 (from leisure and tourism to music technology and beyond).

Committed teachers of Adult Literacy can really make a difference to learners lives and the communities they live in. Developing skills and confidence in spoken and written English can open doors to further learning and better employment prospects.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1266-professional-graduate-certificate-in-education-adult-literacy-and-communication

What you will study

You will deepen your understanding of literacy and communication as a subject area. You will develop a range of learning and teaching methods and an understanding of the diverse needs of learners. You will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of your subject and will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of your subject, and to develop your own considered approach to teaching literacy.

You are encouraged to take responsibility for planning and managing your professional experiences and progress, with the guidance of your personal tutor and workplace mentor. The placement in one of our partner colleges in south Wales, or in a community education or similar setting, is a central feature of the course, where you can develop professionally as a literacy teacher with the support of an experienced subject specialist.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The qualification is recognised nationally as the requirement for teachers entering the post-compulsory sector, a very wide field that includes further education, adult and community education, work-based learning and the work of many voluntary and community development organisations.

The School of Education has a large MA Education programme which offers a variety of routes for further, advanced study including the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks include learner case studies, group tasks, posters, small scale research projects and practical teaching observation. There are no formal written exams. Professional practice will be assessed by a series of observations and assessments of your teaching.

Work and Study Placements

A placement will be organised for you by the university. Every effort is made to accommodate your wishes in terms of location but you should be prepared to travel within a thirty miles radius. After a period of observation you will undertake teaching of groups at least two levels and complete a total of 150 hours of teaching, including ten observed lessons.

Visit the Education (Adult Literacy and Communication) (PGCE) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree or above (or a recognised equivalent) with some relevance to your chosen subject is desirable. Evidence of interest in post-compulsory learning and teaching and social inclusion. Some understanding of the needs of learners in your subject area (relevant experience will be an advantage). Level 3 skills in your specialist subject. Mathematics and English language GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, are desirable

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